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For My Heart, Day 17-20: Dogs and Zombies

awesome pit bull

Meet Maverick, owner of the Changing Laws for Paws founder

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” – Charles M. Schultz

I recently teamed up with an organization called Changing Laws for Paws. Dedicated to repealing Breed Specific Legislation in Ontario, they also educate Canadians on what some consider ‘dangerous’ dog breeds. As the Director of PR & Communications, along with copious amounts of research (and coffee, I’m afraid) I’ve been on the lookout for the best way to tell the stories of loving dog owners and their beautiful K9 companions. Pondering on a walk with my pup, I quickly snapped out of it to see a snappy little terrier snarling at us, and looked up to see a visibly embarrassed owner beg and plead with her adorable, terro–err–terrier to cut it out. She then complimented my dog on how well behaved he was, and how she “just didn’t know what to do with him.” This is not the first time I’ve seen this woman, nor will it be the last (she lives on my street), and so I can safely say she has the classic markings of an enabler. “I love him, he’s like my child, and I think he’d come back to me the way yours does when he’s off leash on the field, but I just don’t know,” all the while stroking him while he snarled (in other words, unknowingly praising him for his territorial behaviour). It was just reason #453 as to why BSL legislation simply doesn’t make any sense. A dog owner is responsible for the training and well being of their dog. There are facts to prove that BSL hasn’t reduced dog bites AT ALL. And so, I believe I’ll soon be starting a series on “Holy terrors: when little dogs attack” with a focus on ‘harmless’ dog breeds going after ‘dangerous’ dog breeds, to show that any dog has the ability to have poor manners.

World War Z, Brad Pitt...man, he's still got it.

World War Z, Brad Pitt…man, he’s still got it.

Anyways, the next night, our team went to see World War Z. It was a very impressive 3D film. I’d go as far as saying it’s the most well made 3D film I’ve seen to date. The entire thing was polished, terrifying, entertaining, edgy…and educational. One part in particular stood out for me (not a spoiler I promise). I’ll just say that there was a moment where someone was describing group dynamics, and how they always employed one person to research the opposite of whatever a team consensus was on any given topic handed to them. This encouraged the team to look at an issue from all angles, despite, actually because of, popular opinion. Going forward, we’re going to be using it as a best practice for our own organization. Who knew that a zombie movie would teach us how to not act ‘zombie-like’ in business!

roses, nature, scenery

Take some time to stop and smell (or at least admire) the roses

Today, the dog and I stopped to smell the roses as we took a 4.8k stroll to my mother’s house to pay her and my chocolate lab a visit. I live in a small city, and people tend to complain quite a bit about the ‘lack’ of things to do. Admittedly, I’ve done my share of complaining, but the overarching message in this blog is that I am learning how to appreciate the things around me for what they are: fantastic learning experiences. From the past to the present, from the scenery, to a movie scene, to simply enjoying a walk with the puppy. And you stay in the now, have gratitude, and are curious, there’s nothing you can’t draw inspiration from. **steps off soap box**

What ‘little things’ inspire you?

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For My Heart, Day 5 & 6: Woofstock and Mark Twain

Mark Twain and Blue

“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.” – Mark Twain

Woofstock 2013

Woofstock 2013

What better way to spend a Sunday than amongst good friends, in a great city, with hundreds of happy dogs? Woofstock, the largest festival for dogs in North America, was the place to be for canine/human combos this weekend. The turnout was incredible. From Afghans to Hairless Mexicans, to my personal favourite, Chocolate Labrador Retrievers, St. Lawrence Market in Toronto had truly gone to the dogs in a great way. While we did witness a few unsavoury actions by careless owners, I’m choosing to focus on the paws-itive things: we got in a ton of walking, people/dog watching, and free swag.

Rain

Today’s weather was in stark contrast to the loveliness we experienced yesterday. Days like this are perfect for curling up and reading some Mark Twain. He always gets me thinking about relationships. Things like how it’s possible that a man will ‘bite’ you, no matter how good you are to him. And that putting energy towards making yourself the best person you can be is far more productive than trying to change someone.

With those thoughts, I had excess energy to burn and opted for strength training. Since I’m wary of re-injuring my knee, I gave my dad a call (he’s a personal trainer) and then took to the interwebz to search for visuals to his recommendations on exercises that build muscle around the knees. I came across this great article on box squats from a really cool blog. What do you do to stay focused, despite the ‘rain’?

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