I thought dog-parenting would be good training to have kids one day. Someone once told me:
Too many parents these days start off with kids, but they can't even keep a goldfish alive. Yikes! We need licensing for parents, seriously. Prove to me you can keep a dog alive and train him well, then consider moving on to kids! I digress, excuse me. Back to Sundance.
My parents live on a lake in Missouri and in the summer we enjoy tubing, skiing and other water sports. Sunny served as the official "life guard" for all lake activities for many years. He would run back and forth on the shoreline following the boat. As soon as someone fell off the tube or skis, Sunny made a B line towards them just to make sure they were ok. Needless to say, he stayed in the best shape of any dogs I know! Now due to his age, he can't quite move as he used to, but he's still a watch dog at heart looking out for everyone's best interest and safety.
To see the smile on the cadets' faces was priceless. They lit up at the sight of Sunny. No wonder, I thought to myself, why dogs are used for therapy. They can cheer up a small child, an elderly person, a stressed out business man, a soldier or a student in their last week of classes getting ready for finals.
As we are a week out from Christmas, remember the simple things in life. Give love unconditionally. Check your grudges at the door. Be a blessing to those you encounter. If we all did this, the world would be a much happier place and dare I say, your Christmas dinner might even taste sweeter! This year, decide to turn over a new leaf with your loved ones. It's never too late to start afresh.