July 25, 2012

The dog that helped change my life is turning 8 tomorrow and I’m saying:  Best wishes and many more!

Really sitting on bed


Reilly not only taught me to be a pack leader but inspired my new book, which is pretty heavy lifting for a dog — although a very smart and talented one. But she was up to the task. As I write in the book, the way she was raised with her birth pack helped make her a balanced, hierarchy-savvy dog who was very willing to accept a new pack leader. (Once I figured out how to behave as a pack leader!)

Being around her made me realize I had to step up and be a calm, confident, balanced person so that she felt safe and secure. My insecurities had to take a back seat once I had the responsibility to care for a pack member. When I saw how much any emotional weakness on my part directly influenced her, I quickly gave up my insecurities and fears. I HAD to be the pack leader and I was proud to do that so that she could have a happier, healthier life. And the great thing is this whole process made me a happier, healthier person.

Happy birthday, Reilly!



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