Monday, January 10, 2011

I admit it, I'm in Therapy.


Yep it's true. My dogs are my therapy.

Each of my dogs has a way about them. Something they have a magical knack for as far as effecting my mood. And this year my new year's resolutions revolve around how my dogs have helped me in my daily life ... and to embrace those things.

Kaleb - well he keeps things light and fun, and has taught me to let loose and get goofy. And that you can still accomplish a lot with a big smile on your face, while having the best time of your life. Wake up everyday as if it is the best day ever. While he might not always take the route well travelled, we always get there, just in Kaleb style. And of course Patience. ya. He has taught me alot about that, because he tests it regularly.

Jane - well, everything is because of her. She has taught me how to care for something other than myself. Attitude is everything. Never back down, and stand up for what you believe in. In 11 years, I have never cried over anything more than I have cried over Jane. From the good to the very bad, we've been through it all.

Gyp - well this little inbred Kentucky girl is something special. I am calmest with Gyp, yet this dog has so much go, you'd think a Border Collie would drive me crazy. I am in a almost zen state when I am with her. It is like we read each others minds. She is calm, cool and collected. Except for when there is a flyswatter, flashlight, fishing rod around :) More than my other dogs, Gyp has a natural way of sharing this gift with other people. They love her gentle and kind nature. While she has been a very successful Agility dog in her short career, her Therapy Dog work is probably the most rewarding thing we do (OK well in a TOTALLY different way :)). She has a come a long way since being the shy introvert .. she is now a confident young lady :)

The St. John Therapy Dog Program was featured in an article in Lethbridge Living this month, and Gyp got to have her own photo shoot with some of her favourite people she visits. These photos are so special to me....




Thanks for reading ....I gotta go ... time to get some therapy ...

6 comments:

sagechronicles said...

Dogs are so special that way. Their unconditional love is such a joy to see and experience. And each one is different, as you know!

Taryn said...

What a wonderful magazine spread about Gyp!

Jenilee said...

I agree so much...Neena's been the best therapy for me! I'd be in a much different place without her...I love watching how each of your dog gives you something different, it makes me excited for my future addition!

gussysmom said...

Loving your Gratitude Attitude! The only article the Lethbridge Living didn't have online was the one about you guys!

Sweetpea said...

BEAUTIFUL what Gyp has accomplished (you too, absolutely!) I am so touched by these photos of her work in the Therapy world....

Jess and Lola said...

Your dogs are so beautiful, and they sound like an amazing influence on you. I hope this year brings you all the care and support you need--from your dogs and from anyone and everyone else.