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10 Things Dog Owners Would Like To Thank Their Dogs For

10 Things Dog Owners Would Like To Thank Their Dogs For

The actual definition of a dog is “a four legged animal that is often kept as a pet or used for hunting” but they are so much more than that. Dog’s are creatures that come into this world knowing how to unconditionally love without it being taught in some sort of life lesson. They forgive, they love, they cherish everything (actually, they cherish anything). More often than not, we as owners–no, as humans forget to thank them for everything they share and teach us. This is a thank you for all dogs: homeless, pets, working, show dogs and every one of you in between.

Thank you for:

1. Your Friendship

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    Thank you for your companionship. There is no other friend quite like you and I thank you for that. You are there with me through everything even though you don’t really have a choice in the matter. You woke up one day and BOOM, you have a owner. So, thank you for being my assigned friend and not making such a big fuss about it.

    2. Your Happiness

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      This is specifically for when there are periods when I am alone in this world. I am thankful I have you. When I am across the world away from home, you are there. You are there to cuddle with on a night in with some movies and snacks. A lot of people out there are missing their other half because sometimes the job takes them to places we can’t go, and you understand that people need an extra ray of sunshine. You greet me with a smile knowing smiles are contagious.

      3. Your Love

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        Loving unconditionally is something a human needs to learn. Some have an entire lifetime and still are buried without the ability to love unconditionally. Thank you for being born with that trait. I may yell at you because you ate a tasty little morsel (my shoe) that I left out in the open for you but you are still there trying to say “Sorry, I love you”. It absolutely amazing that you and your kind can be so in love with another being just because we exist. Thank you for loving me for who I am not for what I have (even though it seems like you listen better when I have food).

        4. Your Enjoyment in Simplicity

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          Thank you for teaching me to take joy in the simple things. You take something as simple as a stick outside in the field and treat it like it was a gift, made specifically for you. Your joy and excitement for that stick has taught me to always enjoy the little moments. Enjoy the times that I have with my loved ones, the sun shining on a warm day, the rain, the breeze and basically everything. You have taught me to enjoy these little things because in the end, that is what we remember the most.

          5. Your Moments of Laughter

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            This is for all of the little moments on those no good, awful, terrible and unlucky days that you have made me laugh. I know you don’t intend to fart in a moment of silence or fall off the couch while in a deep sleep but I thank you for it anyways. Thank you for being silly enough to startle yourself awake with your own farts.

            6. Your Empathy

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              I don’t know what it is about dogs that give you the ability to see into other people’s souls, but thank you. Thank you for seeing directly through me and feel what I feel. You understand that am having a crappy day because they killed Walter off of…. well I don’t need to tell you, you were there. In all seriousness, you were there for all the ups and downs in my life and understood I just needed someone there. Thank you for trying to make the tears go away with doggy kisses (not talking about Walter anymore by the way).

              7. Your Patience

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                Thank you for being a little rascal during dog school and embarrassing me during your class because who couldn’t use a bit more patience? Thank you for teaching me to wait, because you have not found the right spot to poop (even if you look at me with those judgmental eyes as if I should not go to the bathroom in the house because we live there).

                8. Your Protection

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                  Thank you for protecting me from the wind outside, the bird that flew by and the kid on the bike across the street with your loud thunder-like barks. Even though I think you may run and hide like me if there is ever anything going on, I feel safer with you around.

                  9. Your Help

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                    Thank you for your help with cleaning the floor and making sure anything that drops is picked up in a timely fashion. It is a great help since I hate sweeping. Also, please thank your friends in the K9 units helping police officers and soldiers and thank your cousins that work as dogs to help the blind and the ones that just need a companion to feel happier.

                    10. Your Forgiveness

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                      Thank you so so much for being forgiving. I know that there are crappy human beings out there that don’t treat dogs very nicely and I am sorry. Thank you so much for being so forgiving and never losing hope in finding a forever home because you were given back a couple times. In addition, thank you for not holding any grudges and not expecting me to give you back the moment you stepped foot into my home.

                      Featured photo credit: Jackson/ M. Agbayani via flickr.com

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                      10 Powerful Ways to Influence People Positively

                      10 Powerful Ways to Influence People Positively

                      Most discussions on positively influencing others eventually touch on Dale Carnegie’s seminal work, How to Win Friends and Influence People. Written more than 83 years ago, the book touches on a core component of human interaction, building strong relationships. It is no wonder why.

                      Everything that we do hinges on our ability to connect with others and formulate deep relationships. You cannot sell a house, buy a house, advance in most careers, sell a product, pitch a story, teach a course, etc. without building healthy relationships. Managers get the best results from their teams, not through brute force, but to careful appeals to their sensibilities, occasional withdrawals from the reservoir of respect they’ve built. Using these tactics, they can influence others to excellence, to productivity, and to success.

                      Carnegie’s book is great. Of course, there are other resources too. Most of us have someone in our lives who positively influences us. The truth is positively influencing people is about centering the humanity of others. Chances are, you know someone who is really good at making others feel like stars. They can get you to do things that the average person cannot. Where the requests of others sound like fingernails on a chalkboard, the request from this special person sounds like music to your ears. You’re delighted to not only listen but also to oblige.

                      So how to influence people in a positive way? Read on for tips.

                      1. Be Authentic

                      To influence people in a positive way, be authentic. Rather than being a carbon copy of someone else’s version of authenticity, uncover what it is that makes you unique.

                      Discover your unique take on an issue and then live up to and honor that. Once of the reasons social media influencers are so powerful is that they have carved out a niche for themselves or taken a common issue and approached it from a novel or uncommon way. People instinctually appreciate people whose public persona matches their private values.

                      Contradictions bother us because we crave stability. When someone professes to be one way, but lives contrary to that profession, it signals that they are confused or untrustworthy and thereby, inauthentic. Neither of these combinations bode well for positively influencing others.

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                      2. Listen

                      Growing up, my father would tell me to listen to what others said. He told me if I listened carefully, I would know all I needed to know about a person’s character, desires and needs.

                      To positively influence others, you must listen to what is spoken and what is left unsaid. Therein lies the explanation for what people need in order to feel validated, supported and seen. If a person feels they are invisible, and unseen by their superiors, they are less likely to be positively influenced by that person.

                      Listening meets a person’s primary need of validation and acceptance.

                      Take a look at this guide on how to be a better listener: How to Practice Active Listening (A Step-By-Step Guide)

                      3. Become an Expert

                      Most people are predisposed to listen to, if not respect, authority. If you want to positively influence others, become an authority in the area in which you seek to lead others. Research and read everything you can about the given topic, and then look for opportunities to put your education into practice.

                      You can argue over opinions. You cannot argue, or it is unwise to argue, over facts and experts come with facts.

                      4. Lead with Story

                      From years of working in the public relations space, I know that personal narratives, testimonials and impact stories are incredibly powerful. But I never cease to be amazed with how effective a well-timed and told story can be.

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                      If you want to influence people, learn to tell stories. Your stories should be related to the issue or concept you are discussing. They should be an analogy or metaphor that explains your topic in ordinary terms and in vivid detail. To learn more about how to tell powerful stories, and the ethics of storytelling, take a look at this article: How To Tell An Interesting Story In 4 Simple Steps

                      5. Lead by Example

                      It is incredibly inspiring to watch passionate, talented people at work or play. One of the reasons a person who is not an athlete can be in awe of athletic prowess is because human nature appreciates the extraordinary. When we watch the Olympics, Olympic trials, gymnastic competitions, ice skating, and other competitive sports, we can recognize the effort of people who day in and day out give their all. C

                      ase in point: Simone Biles. The gymnast extraordinaire won her 6TH all-around title at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships after doing a triple double. She was the first woman to do so. Watching her gave me chills. Even non-gymnasts and non-competitive athletes can appreciate the talent required to pull off such a remarkable feat.

                      We celebrate remarkable accomplishments and believe that their example is proof that we too can accomplish something great, even if it isn’t qualifying for the Olympics. To influence people in a positive way, we must lead by example, lead with intention and execute with excellence.

                      6. Catch People Doing Good

                      A powerful way to influence people in a positive way is to catch people doing good. Instead of looking for problems, look for successes. Look for often overlooked, but critically important things that your peers, subordinates and managers do that make the work more effective and more enjoyable.

                      Once you catch people doing good, name and notice their contributions.

                      7. Be Effusive with Praise

                      It did not take me long to notice a remarkable trait of a former boss. He not only began and ended meetings with praise, but he peppered praise throughout the entire meeting. He found a way to celebrate the unique attributes and skills of his team members. He was able to quickly and accurately assess what people were doing well and then let them and their colleagues know.

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                      Meetings were not just an occasion to go through a “To Do” list, they were opportunities to celebrate accomplishments, no matter how small they are.

                      8. Be Kind Rather Than Right

                      I am going to level with you; this one is tough. It is easy to get caught up in a cycle of proving oneself. For people who lack confidence, or people who prioritize the opinions of others, being right is important. The validation that comes with being perceived as “right” feeds one’s ego. But in the quest to be “right,” we can hurt other people. Once we’ve hurt someone by being unkind, it is much harder to get them to listen to what we’re trying to influence them to do.

                      The antidote to influencing others via bullying is to prioritize kindness above rightness. You can be kind and still stand firm in your position. For instance, many people think that they need others to validate their experience. If a person does not see the situation you experienced in the way you see it, you get upset. But your experience is your experience.

                      If you and your friends go out to eat and you get food poisoning, you do not need your friends to agree that the food served at the restaurant was problematic for you. Your own experience of getting food poisoning is all the validation you need. Therefore, taking time to be right is essentially wasted and, if you were unkind in seeking validation for your food-poison experience, now you’ve really lost points.

                      9. Understand a Person’s Logical, Emotional and Cooperative Needs

                      The Center for Creative Leadership has argued that the best way to influence others is to appeal to their logical, emotional and cooperative needs. Their logical need is their rational and educational need. Their emotional need is the information that touches them in a deeply personal manner. The cooperative need is understanding the level of cooperation various individuals need and then appropriately offering it.

                      The trick with this system is to understand that different people need different things. For some people, a strong emotional appeal will outweigh logical explanations. For others, having an opportunity to collaborate will override emotional connection.

                      If you know your audience, you will know what they need in order to be positively influenced. If you have limited information about the people whom you are attempting to influence, you will be ineffective.

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                      10. Understand Your Lane

                      If you want to positively influence others, operate from your sphere of influence. Operate from your place of expertise. Leave everything else to others. Gone are the days when being a jack of all trades is celebrated.

                      Most people appreciate brands that understand their target audience and then deliver on what that audience wants. When you focus on what you are uniquely gifted and qualified to do, and then offer that gift to the people who need it, you are likely more effective. This effectiveness is attractive.

                      You cannot positively influence others if you are more preoccupied by what others do well versus what you do well.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Influencing people is about centering your humanity. If you want to influence others positively, focus on the way you communicate and improve the relationship with yourself first.

                      It’s hard to influence others if you’re still trying to figure out how to communicate with yourself.

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