This week, I will ask you to be like my dog, Flash. Stick with me, this will make sense soon :).
We brought Flash home about 2.5 years ago from a rescue (named after the superhero because he's super-fast). He decided that we would be his second family. Flash is a mix of chihuahua and a type of terrier. He's the perfect lap dog and loves being held. He only weighs about 15 pounds.
I have noticed that when Flash does something, he often all-out commits to doing activities. Some of these are funny and don't really translate to people, but others we can learn from Flash. Here is a list that goes from funny to more serious:
Barking -- when Flash barks, he puts his whole body into this activity. A good bark literally lifts his front legs off the ground. I think he feels like he's doing his duty to protect the family :).
Shaking -- after a bath (which terrifies him), Flash runs around the house doing his "clean dog" run. When he shakes to remove water, he's so into the shake that he can barely stand up.
Stretching -- when I ask Flash if he'd like to go for a walk, he runs to the door and stretches his front legs and then his back legs and he's ready to go (though I'd recommend that people stretch after they are warmed up).
Running -- when Flash runs, he looks like a tiny greyhound galloping around the track. He loves running up-hill and can easily out-run me on the beach or up a hill. He loves having exercise be part of his day.
Jumping -- Flash in the king of jumping. We joke that his full name is Jumping Jack Flash. I translate this to doing lots of jump rope.
Eating -- Flash only chooses healthy food options. HA, THIS IS A JOKE. Flash eats anything in sight even if it makes him throw up later. Do the opposite of Flash on this one. WE do try to give him healthy food.
Feeling joy and happiness -- it's so fun when Flash runs towards us with complete joy about reaching his family member. He even has a big smile as he runs. And of course there is the happy tail wag when meeting another friendly dog. We could all use more joy, happiness, and friendliness in our life!
Listening -- Flash is an incredibly good listener when we talk to him. He truly wants to understand more words to communicate with us. On the opposite side of this one, he's often spectacularly good at NOT listening when he has an alternative goal in mind :).
Asking for help -- Flash is not shy about asking for help. If our kids fight or there is yelling, he immediately runs to me with a "will you help me?" look on his face and jumps up on my lap with a worried look. He really doesn't like stress and tries hard to avoid it.
Gratefulness -- there are so many moments when we can tell that Flash is so grateful to have found a new home including that contented sigh as he lays on the couch curled up with us.
Compassionate Loving -- Flash's best skill is giving compassionate love to anyone who needs it. I've never experienced a dog with this sense (at least to this level). If someone in our family is sick, he stays by that person. I'll never forget him staying by me for weeks after my brain surgery and growling if anyone tried to take him away.
Yes, this is also a bit of a "convincing piece" that dogs are great companions as many of you know, but I hope this shows many qualities from Flash that we can use on a regular basis too.
Are you committed to reaching your goals and building positive habits like Flash? Give me a shout below!
I have posted this in the past, this is a short video of a sleepy Flash. I need to get a video of him running or jumping and share it:
Thanks for your weekly messages, and for this one in particular!! We have had several dogs during the course of my life, and I always say to my friends & family that if more people were like dogs, there would be much less problems in the world...
Flash is awesome!! I'm so glad he came into your home to be part of your family - and I'm so glad that you are healing to nicely from your brain surgery!
Your story is very inspiring! Thank you for sharing it with us and I wish you get completely recovered very soon. We have 6 rescued dogs and they are amazing! I know that it sounds crazy to have 6 dogs but life has given me so much that I feel I need to give some back. They are crazy, fun, cute and loving. We love them so much and I cannot imagine being without them. Besides they help me to exercise because I take them for a walk every day. Keep moving everyone! 64 days ago
I have a service dog and the biggest problem I have with her is trying to convince her she's not the service dog for the whole world. She has to "help" everyone! Aren't we lucky? 67 days ago
I love when you post about your dog. Our dogs died 2 years ago and my husband was so hurt that he didn't get another one.
We have about 5 feral cats that come and eat in our front yard and one that now lives in the house as when she was 3 weeks old her mother abandoned her. My husband bottle fed her. My husband won't get a house dog to keep her company. 68 days ago
This blog is so true But mostly FUN! This is how I feel about LUCY, our rescue. Walking to the park is her FAVORITE thing, she will want to do this over, eating! She is VERY special & loving, too! Flash is darling! Lucky you & your family! GREAT video!
Me, today: 2-11-19 Feeling GREAT! Rained last night , NOW sun shinning , so pretty! FRESH air! Hope you all get some too!!!! 70 days ago
Small world!! We have a German Shepherd named Heidi and we also have a guinea pig named Phoebe. We found that Heidi is very protective of our piggie girl. Dogs and guinea pigs are the best!! 70 days ago
Flash is a sweet dog ! :) our family has 3 pugs and they are a lot like flash except they are slowing down do to their ages. They are great company and very much part of the family! ;) 70 days ago
Thank you so much for sharing. He is so lucky to have found a forever home with you. All pets need a home that is safe and "people" that will love them unconditionally. Flash has to be my Sonny's brother from another mother, because my little spitfire is somewhat like him. 70 days ago
Flash is surely a great dog for all of your family. My husband and I got a new puppy recently, she is now three months old. She does keep us busy being so young at this time ( thank goodness we are retired), so we have the time to deal with a puppy. We are enjoying her and some of the silly things she does too. There is no denying that dogs are loyal companions when they are treated correctly. So enjoy the time you spend with Flash--he is . 71 days ago
I don't think Flash wanted to say hi to us! Beautiful dog and yes we could learn a lot from dogs. I would love to have a dog but first I can't afford the deposit and second I don't think having a dog in an apartment is the best for the animal. 71 days ago
COMEBACKKID12 this is the sweetest heart-felt blog! I personally like the Ask for help behavior thanks so much for this! Definitely needed this to raise my spirits. Flash is a Beautiful dog too! 71 days ago