Instead, I went ahead and watched several hours of the Dog Whisperer marathon by myself, which I actually really enjoyed. I know that it is a somewhat controversial show, and I admit, there are some aspects of it I am not crazy about - how "commercial" everything associated with it has become not being the least of it - but there are many underlying concepts I completely and totally agree with. "Exercise, discipline, affection" in that order... love it. And most of all, the concept of using leadership skills and your energy in influencing dog behavior.
What that really means to me is peace. Staying in a relaxed, and most of all, peaceful state of mind when (or when NOT, for that matter) working with dogs. That can sometimes be a real challenge, whether or not you are a professional dog trainer. I think this is something most all of us could improve upon in our everyday lives. I know that holds true for me, and not just regarding dogs.
The further and further I get away from a drink, the more I feel myself becoming "balanced," and more and more I am craving those challenges that dare you to stay positive and stay peaceful, starting at home with my own pack. I know everybody doesn't LOVE the Dog Whisperer, but I really needed the theme of working toward a consistently healthy mindset today, and that's definitely what I have taken away from my 6th consecutive hour of the Dog Whisperer marathon this Independence Day.
Stay safe tonight, everybody!