Ten things I learned from my fur baby

This week we said good-bye to my first baby. Still so very raw in the grieving process. In reflecting on our wonderful life with him and how I have changed over our time together here are the 10 things I learned from Asti Spumante Gass-Walker.

  1. Stop and smell the roses. Preferably all of them. Appreciate the smells, sounds, sights around us as we go on our nature walk.
  2. Go pee. Whenever you have a chance, even when you don’t think there is anything left in the tank. (The older I get, the truer this is.)
  3. There is nothing wrong with sitting on the couch watching TV.
  4. With patience and attention you CAN teach old dogs new tricks. (You may need some treats too; positive reinforcement is where it’s at.)
  5. Welcome people into your home with abundant joy! And lots of carefree tail wagging.
  6. Walks do amazing things for you. Being outside and stepping away from your “busy” day shifts the perspective and clarifies thinking.
  7. Home is where your pack is. We moved 7 times with Asti and he never “marked his territory” at a new place, because wherever we were, he was home.
  8. Be Present. In the here and now, not thinking about the future meal or holding grudges about the past UPS delivery driver.
  9. You can’t love too much.
  10. Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. ~ Dr. Seuss

Published by rachaelsarahgass

Working mom, wife, friend, sister, organizational psychologist, learner, coach. Kindness Counts. People First. Integrity Always.

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