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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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The 99% by Behance, a bewitching site for creative minds

I can’t say enough great things about the 99% by Behance. It’s a wonderland for creative people (and folks who aspire to be) that actually explains the how-to. From dealing with difficult clients to overcoming writer’s block, every article is fully loaded with awesomesauce.

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Today’s Quotable

“Yeah, I believe in sequels. I just remind myself that they didn’t cast Adam West to play Batman in The Dark Knight.”


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Big Ghost Chronicles Drake: Take Care review ***hysterical***

This is one of the wildest reviews I’ve ever ran my eyes across. That ugly cry-laugh-by-yourself-in-public type review.

Being that it’s come to a point where I cringe every time Drake mentions Toronto, I felt it only appropriate to share this.

What happens to artists once they get a deal? Can we tell em it’s a mixtape n then publish it mainstream? Would that be what it takes to turn radio around?

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I couldn’t help but wonder…

Life’s been busy these days. And while I’m grateful, it does get a little overwhelming at times. As an entertainment fiend, I often liken real life scenarios to movie scenes, quotes, songs, you get the picture.

So last night, as I curled up with my work laptop in my lap, MacBook pro on the coffee table, and email notifications still going off on my Android at 3:26 a.m., I sat back for a moment to quell the onset of writer’s block. Suddenly, a random thought popped into my head.

I couldn’t help but wonder: is there an online collection of Carrie’s questions? The answer? YES. One lovely individual has dedicated a blog to catalogue each burning question Carrie was compelled to include in her news column. If you’re looking for conversation starters, or something to ponder, I encourage you to take a moment to go through them.

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