Tuesday, March 20, 2012

PAWsitive PAWspective

It seems strange to me that people are always so interested in how they are different from their FURiends. We hear differently, smell differently and see differently too. I don't know why that is so interesting, don't people see differently from one another too?
In On Toby's Terms Charmaine tells a story about seeing things differently. She was feeling tired and frustrated because she and Chris couldn't figure out why I was becoming such a handful for them. I didn't mean to cause them troubles and tried to tell her that by squeezing in beside her while she looked out the window in thought. As I looked out the window I suddenly saw what Charmaine was looking at...a big black bird that needed to be greeted! Of course, that isn't really what she was looking at, it just seemed like it to me. Has that ever happened to you?
We all see things and situations in different ways. We also see different things in each situation. Charmaine saw the outdoors, the other side of the nose printed window. I saw the bird and barked at it thinking it would reconnect Charmaine and I and alleviate an awkward situation. It's a really good thing that Charmaine is the person she is. At that moment, when she was already feeling discouraged, she could have gotten upset with me for barking. Instead, she said, "...might as well look at what's really out there" and she laughed. Rather than focus on her disappointment and frustration she chose to adjust her focus and align her vision with mine. That made for a very PAWsitive outcome. I also changed my focus. I realized that the bird was not what she was focusing on. We both realigned our vision to focus on what was really there, each other.
The next time you find yourself in a difficult situation stop for a second and try to see what the other person is seeing. You'd be PAWmazed at what you will see and the PAWsitive results you will achieve!


  1. We can lears so much from dogs! I, for one, enjoy life a lot more. Watching how my Labrador Maya loves everyone and everything made me wish that we could all see life through the eyes of a dog. Imagine being happy because it is raining instead of sad. Imagine how much fun life would be if we loved playing with something as simple as a rope toy. Imagine how interesting life would be if we were as excited as my Maya about meeting new people, no matter how different.

  2. Hi! Found you through the LinkedIn Pet Friendly group. Great blog!