Challenge Accepted

Last year I made a decision to give up resolutions. I’m really not an intentional person - I have grand ideas that I get excited about, but I never see them through because I rarely do things with intention. That was my big word of 2018 - “intentional”. I decided instead of making resolutions I’d never keep, I would just be “intentional” instead. I decided that when I wanted to do something, I’d think it through critically, plan it out, and then decide if that was a thing I could practice being intentional with or not. If not, it would get put on the back-burner to be revisited later. If so, I would go into the idea with the intention to see if through. I found that I got more large things done in 2018 and took more leaps of faith than I ever knew I was brave enough to take.

Fuzzy Wuzzy Was A Bear

Bear has never in his life met a stranger, human or dog. The more hands that can pet him at the same time, the happier and harder that tail thumps. He takes no time to sniff-test anyone, he goes straight for the crotch-headbutt-lean and stands there awkwardly until you either walk away or give him skritches. And once you start with the skritches, you’re committed to them for, well, basically the rest of your life, or you’ll be subject to the saddest guilt trip you’ve ever had.

Adopt Don't Shop

What can you do to make a difference to a shelter pet without getting too committed? Anytime I talk to someone about the work I do with dogs, I hear over and over again “Oh I just couldn’t do it, I’d get too attached and keep it.” Two things: 1) No you won’t. 2) The alternative is death. I don’t want to be too harsh, but that’s the reality. It takes a village, and every hand is critical in every step of the process of rescuing a dog from almost certain death.