My dogs have been troopers throughout this pandemic. Even when we had to make an emergency trip to the Oregon coast to take care of Justin’s boat after some homeless drug addicts broke in and started living on it. So I thought I’d share a few self care tips for you on living life authentically. Mick and Blue wanted to chime in.
1) Go with the Flow.
Mick: Mama and Papa take us everywhere with them. Well, almost. We spend hours in the truck without them when they are on the boat. But then Mama comes to take us for a walk and we get to sniff everything! There are so many exciting sounds and smells. This is my first time being so far away from home and staying in a motel.
What could you adjust to allow yourself to go with the flow like Mick?
2) Take Lots of naps.
Mick: I’m lying beside Mama on the couch as she stares at that silly machine on her lap. I might as well take a nap. Blue is nearby. We nap in the truck when we’re waiting too. It’s pretty comfortable back there although I got my head stuck in the window while we were driving yesterday. I really wanted a nap after that!!
Let go of any fear and try to relax into a nap.
3) Accept Your New Reality Without Complaint.
Kristin: When Mick impaled himself on a stick, I didn’t even know it happened until I got out the hose to wash off the mud. When he got home from the vet, he shrieked in pain the first day, but by the next morning he’d adjusted to his new reality of pain and wanted to get back to life as usual.
So he did.
(He got his stitches out Friday and was given a clean bill of health by the vet, btw. He’s back to normal except his fur needs to grow back where they shaved it.)
How can you shift your attitude to adjust to this new reality?
4) Ask for Reassurance When You Need It.
Blue: I like traveling with mama and papa. I’ve been on trips all up and down the west coast. The best part is when mama finds fun new places for us to explore. But sometimes I get scared when I hear loud noises. Like that sound at the drive-through bank. I like that they give us treats, but I want to climb into mama’s lap when that noise starts. And any loud noise that sounds like gun shuts … or fire crackers … or the lawn mower backfiring … or driving over a grate in the road … My mama always pets my head and tells me its going to be okay. I know it is, but it scares me anyway and its nice to get snuggles from my mama.
Who can you reach out to for reassurance when you need it?
5) Make Your Exercise Fun.
Blue: I LOVE going for walks on the beach. It’s my absolute favorite. The sand feels good under my feet and I love to chase birds and sniff along the shoreline. I also love it when Mick chases me and we both chase birds and get splashed by the waves. Sometimes Mick gets a little annoying when he tries to slow me down and barks and bites at me. Sometimes I instigate it so he gets in trouble and I can run along by myself again and sniff things. B
Even when I have to stay connected to my mama with that long cord, it’s still fun to sniff along the ground to see what interesting things have been there before me. I get so excited I drag mama along sometimes even though I know it makes her mad.
What can you do to make your exercise time more fun?
I hope you enjoyed these five self-care tips from my dogs.
Did you try any of them? Which was your favorite? Let me know in the comments.