May 23rd, 2012
Training Humans 101- Lecture 2
Posted by Pia
Welcome to Lecture 2...
You can relax as we will not be having a quiz today. Please turn your attention to the 'Paw Point' Presentation below for more examples of the companion animal approach to teaching their humans...
1 They look up to us and value our acceptance
2 They walk with us and leave pawprints on our hearts
3 They lay close and listen when we need to vent.
4 They trust us and remind us to be gentle
5 They meet us where we are at any given moment
6 They wag often, reminding us to derive pleasure from the little things in life.
7 They take time to sniff the air and feel the wind in their hair...
8 They embrace our care and nurturing
9 They watch out for our safety and await our return
10 They demonstrate remarkable resilience and teach us to look within ourselves for strength- rather than to the often misinformed and limiting perspectives of onlookers.
Photo by Richard Phibbs
11 They remind us to respect nature and keep our yards and gardens well irrigated.
12 They are astute therapists and offer no frills advice as needed.
13 They foster peace and compassion
Please be sure to email me your first essay assignments by class time next week (firstname.lastname@example.org). Details can be found on the syllabus but as a reminder, the assignment invites you to share your own reflections on lessons you have learned from animals you have encountered in your own lives respectively.
All assignments are expected to adhere to canine peer-review journal format guidelines and as such, they are to be authored in the voice of the animal from whom you learned the lessons presented in your paper.
Dr. Pia Salk
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