This post is part of the #reverb10 project that provides daily topics throughout December to help us reflect on the past year and sets intentions for the year ahead.
Today’s topic: Appreciate. What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it?
This year has been busy. In a good way, but also in an overwhelming way. Although I appreciate so many eclectic and creative things, the one thing that I most appreciate is time to myself. Reading. OK, mostly reading books about dogs and their behavior (one can never learn enough).
My dog Frisbee and I read together. (Luna, well, she gets too bored–prefers squirrel watching and anything other than relaxing!).
Friz and I started our reading routine almost a decade ago, when he passed his Animal Assisted Therapy test at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. Two of our assignments were helping children read books at our local library, and working at a bi-lingual educational center, where Frisbee assisted children in learning English. We picked up a rhythm. Kids read, he listened. He looked at pictures. He snoozed. He snored. But he was there, always a calming presence.
Frisbee and I so appreciate well-written, informative, entertaining, and conversational books on any pet topic. In this photo, he’s surrounded by just a few of his several hundred favorites:
- Am I Boring My Dog and 99 Other Things Every Dog Wishes You Knew, by Edie Jarolim
- Barking: The Sound of a Language, by Turid Rugaas
- The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs, by Patricia McConnell
- Bones Would Rain From the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships With Dogs, by Suzanne Clothier (he’s rereading that now, as you can see)
- The APDT Chronicles of the Dog, a bimonthly educational publication for members of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers
And, to help solve his sister Luna’s health issues (and to make sure I’m taking good enough care of him), Frisbee just ordered The Healing Art of Pet Parenthood, by Nadine M. Rosin.
Expressing gratitude to the authors I appreciate means that I purchase their books; writing is a tough, underpaid, and often under-appreciated, profession. The information, talent, and entertainment they provide helped me further my dog training/pet health knowledge more than they will ever know!