Dog Quote: ‘Dogs are not our whole lives but they make our lives whole.’
Word of the week: Trust; firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something. “a relationship is built on mutual trust and respect”. Synonyms: Confidence, belief, faith, freedom from.
Sparkle De Barkle, the name popped into my mind one afternoon as I walking near a local dog park, with the thought of stepping in dog poop entering my mind, I thought “Ew what a De Barkle that would be”. As the phrase “what a De Barkle” played out in my head a few times I wanted to rhyme it with something and voilà ‘Sparkle’ was the answer! Now it wasn’t clear at this point in time that this would be my starring character to my first book, but the name did stick in my head for a few days longer.
Next time, whilst the children I look after ‘the girl’ were having a tough time trying to retrieve an unfavourable item from their puppy Coco’s clutches; I knew there had to be a different way to assist the children in understanding why certain factors needed to be considered in order for the puppy to trust us enough to listen and do as she was being asked, instead of all the confusing, crazy but fun running around. I was able to read the instructional training manuals and understand the concepts behind certain approaches to dog training but the girls needed something more then what the training manuals were offering; a way to understand puppy behaviour how being patient, observant and rewarding the puppy at the right time may be more helpful then screaming the house down and running around like chooks without a head.
After poking around book stores, pet stores and libraries, searching to no avail, I drove home that evening and put two and two together; why don’t I do something about it Low and behold my brain went into research mode, I started writing down all the teething problems I was coming across, what issues other dog owners were having with their puppies, exploring how to remedy these dilemmas and how to make these remedies more palatable for children.
As I met more dog owners I realised I could branch out into other dog breeds and discuss their specific requirements and personality traits. Some of the dogs I came across became part of my main group of characters along with Sparkle, who is the only puppy whose name is purely fictitious to me.
It’s a good thing for me to have worked with both children and animals in such an amazing variety of ways; they really make you see the world from a simpler point of view, a less judgmental point of view and to always be in the moment. That’s what inspires me, helps me to see what others do not and helps me to just be me.
Do you have similar experiences when a trivial thought has entered your head and you’ve grown and developed it into something to share with others?
Thank you for reading, Join me next time,
xox Bec Mc