Welcome To My World

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Puppy Jasper taking it all in.

I guess you could say I’m a performance and life coach trying to learn how to write a Blog, with the help of my three Golden Retrievers, Lucy, Harry, and puppy Jasper.

I never thought I’d write a blog about dogs. In fact I never thought I’d have a dog, much less three.But here I am, In love with three furry creatures. I also compete in competitive obedience. What an adventure!

It’s true, dogs have changed my life.

I’ll skip a night out because I have to get up at 5.30 am to drive to a dog show; I pick up poop, and wear clothes covered in hair for the love of my dogs; I spend more money on dog toys, leads, and collars than on my own accessories; I can take their leads off and know they’ll return to me; I can ask them to come to me and remain by my side; they choose to respond to me even though they have the freedom to choose otherwise; Yes, I trained these things, but they do not follow my requests out of fear or blind obedience, they follow because it works for all of us, to live in harmony together.

I can pet their soft fur, or we can walk. I can work at my computer and they’ll be found asleep under my desk. They’re always there, watching and waiting for me.

My friendship with my dogs affects other people as well. Their joyful leaping and running infects other people with their happiness, a reminder of the pleasure of being curious and free, unhampered by two human inventions – anxiety and fear of embarrassment. I am humbled to realise the power I have to make other living creatures so joyful, as they bounce and run around.

And for those of you who haven’t yet dipped your paws into the wonderful world of dogs; you should have a go.

But life wasn’t always like this. My story really begins as a jilted, dog free 40 something doomed to a life of spinsterhood. And if you would like to read more about that you had better read Life Before Dogs, and sign up for posts, fresh off the press.

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Lucy and Harry after a gad about in the paddock at Stockbridge Riding School. Photograph by Caroline Young

I am available for life/business coaching, speaking at corporate events and team development days.

You can reach me at Angela@pawz4thought.com

 

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