Chester is the first dog I’ve owned. For months, I was cruising various pet adoption sites as if online dating, browsing the cute pictures and profiles but repeatedly talking myself out of going to the next level relationship-wise. Was I ready? Was the timing right? Would the commitment cause overwhelm?
A friend who I had been sharing pics of potential pups was already annoyed with my indecision when I sent her a link to get her thoughts on Chester. Her advice sounded much like what I would give myself: This is something I’ve been thinking about doing for so long it’s time to just make a choice, and trust I can handle it. Go get Chester, ready or not.
As this sweet guy naps in my lap right now, I’m glad I did. Less than a week in, I’m not the Dog Whisperer yet, but day-by-day I’m growing more comfortable with pet parenthood. Competence builds confidence, something Brendon Burchard teaches. In other words, the best course of action is often to dive in and start something whether or not you feel totally prepared, wherever you are with whatever you have. You can’t know the next step until you take the first step.
Chester’s open-hearted temperament opens my eyes as well each time he approaches someone young or old, canine or human. Not everyone wants to be his friend back, but they do far more often than not. Even folks who don’t want to stop and talk — such as joggers — usually acknowledge Chester’s exuberance with a genuine grin of their own. He’s quickly established his personal brand as the neighborhood love bug.
Just as contagious is Chester’s curiosity. Having spent most of his life caged indoors, no flower goes unsniffed in Chester’s new world. This morning he discovered those mysterious flying creatures known as birds, waving his paws in the air at them as they circled above.
While bursting with energy on the go, at home, Chester is a role model for work-life balance. He doesn’t complicate his down time worrying if there’s something else he “should” be doing other than chewing on his rope toy or rolling over for a belly rub.
Whether in my lap, or by my side, I’m glad Chester is here to help remind me to step into my own life and business fully with the same healthy mix of playful exuberance and relaxed assurance. He’s the perfect poster pooch for Daily Possible.