"The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man's." – Mark Twain, Letter to W D Howells, 4/2/1899

Posts tagged “leadership

RUFUS: a free download

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Until the end of the month, RUFUS will run free at Smashwords. Most of my books are half price during this period of time, but I decided to let RUFUS go for free. I want as many people as possible to enjoy this character, so enjoy.





Income Is Irrelevant.

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Dogs don’t care how much money you make, all they need from you is love and calm assertive leadership, a good meal or two, water and a warm body to lean against when it gets cold. They never ask to see your bank balance. Your status in their world depends on the amount of love you have in your heart.



Fortunately, this little dog managed to get his point across although I’m not sure why this young man wanted to know.

I wonder if Little Tommy Tinker understands him just as well.

A while back we set out to learn our dogs language, which has been an interesting journey. So much of what our dogs tell us does not come in the form of ‘words’.

One of our dogs ‘talks’ a lot. He has a different bark for a variety of different wants and emotions, our other dogs relies a lot on body language and ‘looks’. She will stare at us in different ways according with her needs, unfortunately she uses the same look for ‘feed me’ and ‘walk me’ so we need to guess a bit sometimes.

We figure that they do their best to understand our language so the least we can do is try and learn theirs.

So far it has been a lot of fun and it helps to cement us as the pack leaders.

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“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” -John F. Kennedy


This little guy was busy giving someone a big serve.

There were people and dogs everywhere. It was a Festival after all.

He stopped barking and turned around to look at me. I guess he noticed the camera in my hand. He held this pose until I had finished shooting then he turned around and continued his tirade. Eventually his owner (a nice young woman) noticed me. She said that her dog loved having his photo taken.

This sudden shift in behaviour reminded me that this little guy, along with every other ‘happy little dog’ has the ability to behave in public if only their owner will learn how to achieve this state of mind.