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This is a new dog update. Otis, previously named Elvis, is settling in great. The other dogs have welcomed him into the pack and he has endeared himself to everyone. I wanted to share with you a few life lessons garnered as a result of bringing Otis into the family.

1. Don’t believe everything someone says about another. The shelter told me the reason Otis (Elvis) was given up was that he was aggressive to strangers. That didn’t bother me because I knew I could deal with that. I just didn’t want a barker. The truth of the matter is that Otis is a sweet and loving dog to everyone; adults, kids and other animals. I wonder how many other people were put off by what the shelter said about him and didn’t give him a chance to show them what he was really like.

2.  Otis approaches people and really looks at them and lets them know that he wants to be loved. We like people who show interest in rather than just being interesting themselves. People cannot help but be drawn in by that kind of open attention and respond to it with affection.

3. Otis hated to go into the dog sleeping area where their dog crates are housed. He was afraid and would run. But after a week or two, when we announced it was time to go to bed and get a cookie, all three dogs would go right to their space and sit and wait for their cookie. The lesson there is that when you are new at something and don’t know what to do and even scared out of your mind, watch how others are doing what you need to do and how it is working out for them and follow suit.

4. We have a ‘no dogs on the couch’ rule (you could make a whole new dog just from the amount of fur that I vacuum up each week). Otis flouts the rule, gets up on the couch and when I see him up there, makes me laugh so much that I can’t be mad at him. It is his thing. The lesson is that sometimes following every rule to a tee makes you a boring person. It is okay to push the limits occasionally, especially if you are charming.

5.  After Clyde died, we were fine with just the two dogs (less fur for one thing). The final lesson is that although we had our friends, family and routines just so and didn’t really need to rock the boat, we opened up our hearts and home by rescuing this little dog. I was reminded how much capacity we have for adding love into our lives if we step out of our comfort zone and adopt an animal or reach out and make a new friend.

Here’s to adding love in your life.

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  • Molly Badgett
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    Fabulous. BUT, did you ever share why you changed his name? I'm so curious!

  • Marcy Lindgren
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    Love this life lesson! Thanks for sharing1

  • Maggie
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    Oh yeah, Otis is real aggressive! "Pet me. Pet me. Pet me."

    He is so adorable that I think about him even after I've left your house. Thanks, Judi, for bringing Otis into your friends' lives, too. And for sharing the life lessons you learned from little Otis.

    • judi knight
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      Maggie, You could make any dog eat from your hand!

  • Michelle
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    Love it Judy! Especially #3. I recently started a new position and have found myself watching others who have been there a long time and how the navigate everything. Glad that Otis is settling into your family!

    • judi knight
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      Michelle, Glad to hear about the new job and remember to roll on your back and let your new co-workers scratch your belly. It makes them like you even more.

  • Debra Jason
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    So glad to read that Otis is doing fine. He's lucky to have found you (or was it the other way around?).
    Enjoy the love! ~Debra
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    • judi knight
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      Thanks Deborah, I know you understand one’s reluctance to open your heart again to a new dog after losing one so dear. It has been good to know just how much love we can have in our life if we let it in.

  • Isvari
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    Bella thinks she is not allowed on the couch bc that was our initial rule, for about 1 mos. Every time I come home, I peak in the window before I open the door and see her on the couch but she doesn't see me. As soon as I put the key in the door, she quietly sneaks to the kitchen, on to her mat where she thinks she belongs. Every time I walk into the house, I immediately laugh and feel joy bc she thinks (I think) that she is actually getting away with sleeping on the couch. Everytime I walk in, I tell her, in that voice reserved only for her, "do you really think I do not know that you were on the couch?" It is just our routine. We do this about 4 times a day. My life lesson from Bella is that the simple things of your every day life really bring the most happiness. Thanks for your reminder about being flexible with the rules.

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    • judi knight
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      Ish- We have rules that are rules when Duane is home and when he is not. I am stopping myself from letting Otis sleep with me while D is out of town for three weeks. Can you imagine the problems that would cause?

  • PeopleSense Consulting LLC
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    Judy, these are great lessons. Sounds like Otis has been the perfect addition to your family and their is mutual appreciation for having him in your home!

    • judi knight
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      Robin, Thanks! You are my best role model for blogging about the lessons we get from our dogs!

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