I am certainly not a first time owner of dogs at the age of 50, but I really have lucked up with the last breed of dog I have found. Twenty years ago I used to raise Boxers, and quit when my last female died of cancer. I vowed then that I would never go through that again with the feeling that my heart would literally be ripped out of my chest. But as years passed, and mind you, fifteen went by before my resolve was softened, I began longing for the companionship and unwavering love of a dog. I own horses and cows on my small farm, and I thought it would be neat to have a herding breed to work with to help with the farm. So out I go, on a mission to find the perfect pet. Unfortunately for me though, I tend to analyze something to death! So I researched my choices but never could come to a conclusive decision because the practical side of me kept making me afraid of the responsibility.
Finally one day I needed to purchase a piece of equipment for my business, and who shows up but someone who breeds Australian Shepherds as a side hobby, but does it in a BIG way. Long story short, we traded a male puppy for an Angus calf on the farm, and heaven has surely shined on my new companion ever since! He is so smart it is scary, and like any dog is unbelievably loyal and friendly. It makes me think of how we as business owners and managers need to model our attitudes and thoughts by – we need to show gratitude like our loyal canine families. We need to be happy to see our customers every time we walk in the grocery store on the weekends and happen to see them, and be fiercely protective of their feelings and needs. Wouldn’t life be so much better if we treated each other with the love and respect dogs give their master? I think they make great mascots for our personalities!!