Pay Attention

Pay Attention

Every morning I stand at my kitchen window with my coffee and watch my neighbors "walking" their dogs.  There's the man on the bicycle with his little white Maltese scrambling to keep up as he stares straight ahead.  The woman on her cell phone hardly hesitates when her old retriever stops to sniff our flowers.  The teenagers text, oblivious to the world around them.

When your dog spends so much time alone in your house or apartment while you scurry around, working and lunching and playing with your friends, do you consider how important you are in your companion's life?  The few minutes you spend on that walk is a great adventure for your dog - fresh air, thousands of odors that tell an exciting story of that day's activities, and most of all, you are there to share it.

Would it be so difficult to be truly present with your dog?  Put away the bike and walk at a pace he can match.  Leave your phone in your pocket and make eye contact.  Talk to your friend while you walk, just as you would with a human being.  Just pay attention.  That's what your dog lives for, and it's the right thing to do.

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    Denise Norberg-Johnson is an Animal Communicator and Reiki Master, who also works with animals and their people as a Certified LifeLine Practitioner. As a former biology teacher, construction contractor, business trainer and financial writer, she has spent her life engaged in a continuous learning process. An award-winning speaker and author, she has been interviewed on television, radio, and in print, and anticipates the publication of her book, "Animals Know! - What Animals Teach Us" in early 2013. Denise's formal education includes an M.B.A., a Masters degree in Teaching, a B.A. in Biological Science, and an A.A. in Architectural Interior Design. When she is not reading voraciously, dancing as if no one is watching, or attempting to play her junior high school violin recital pieces, she amuses herself by annoying her husband Dave and their six rescued cats.

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