Notice something new and exciting in the routine of your life.

As part of our normal routine, twice a day, we go for a walk around our neighborhood. Mom likes to mix it up for us and take different routes (she often lets us decide when to turn or cross the street), but we’re still staying in our neighborhood. For us, though, every walk is exciting. We get to go out and see and smell what’s been happening since the last time we were there. We look for the birds, bunnies, chipmunks, and if we’re lucky, a groundhog or a flock of geese or turkeys (or even a deer!). We sniff around to learn which of our dog friends have been out and about. We run through the long grasses because it tickles our bellies. We’ll try and bring home an acorn or pinecone or some other fantastic treasure. We’re excited every time we get to go out because we know we’ll find something new. The Dog to Human Translation: All people have routines, whether you go to work every day or are home taking care of your kids (both 2-legged and 4-legged). Even if your daily schedule doesn’t vary much, it’s important to discover something new in each day. It goes back to that appreciation of the little things in life we talk about so often in Dogs Know Best. Each new day brings a new environment. If you really do think things never change in your day, we challenge you to look very closely and pay attention tomorrow and find what is different. Make it a game and stretch your frame of reference to observe and recognize the...

“Let the dove fly away so you can chase it again tomorrow.”

Even though we’re 12 years old, we still have to listen to our Mom because she will always make sure we’re safe and happy. She won’t let us do anything that will get us in trouble or may get us hurt. Occasionally we’re not happy about it, like when we’re trying to eat something extra special that we found on our walk. Or if we’re really close to catching that mourning dove we’ve been stalking. But she will tell us that we have to let the dove fly away so we can chase it again tomorrow, or we’ll have a tummy ache if we eat that really yummy treasure we found, so we reluctantly have to listen and let the dove fly away or leave our treasure behind (but trust us, we’ll remember exactly where it is and try again on our next walk).  The Dog to Human Translation: Like it or not, no matter how old you are, sometimes you have to listen to your Mom or Dad or mentor or trusted friend because they will know what will keep you safe or happy. It’s true, so don’t try and fight this fact. Even if you think you’re worldly, experienced, smart, or wise, you can always count on that one person in your life – likely when you least expect it. They have this inherent ability to see your life and your path and offer advice that will point you in the right direction. You may not realize it while they’re telling you, but maybe an hour later, a day later, or even after a year, you’ll realize...

Just because something’s up on a counter doesn’t mean it’s out of reach.

We have a gift – all dogs do. We are very adept at figuring out how to get things that people think are out of reach. Leaving good smelling food out on the counter? Hardly a challenge; that’s like an open door for us. We will figure out a way to get that food, no matter what we have to do. We tried this a lot more when we were younger, but we eventually had to tone down our thievery because it would make Mom and Dad angry, and we don’t much like when that happens. But Bertram did manage to sneak a whole stick of butter when she was little, and she and I shared a cold, delicious Frappuccino from Starbucks when we were wee ones (come on, it was left in a car cup holder!). The Dog to Human Translation: When there’s something that you really want in life, go after it. Find a way to get it. Don’t let your own hesitations or doubts stop you or hold you back. Don’t listen to the worries or fears going through your mind. You have the power to tell them all to be quiet and go someplace else while you go after what you want. Just because something appears to be out of reach, doesn’t mean it actually is. You control your life. You can accomplish whatever you set your mind to. The key is to use all your resources and to be persistent. Use your mind, your creativity, your energy, your strength, your voice. Tell others what you want and put your message out to the universe....