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4 Powerful Steps to Overcome Heartache While Breeding Dogs

Losing pups. It’s heartbreaking, for so many reasons.

Have you ever had a dream that was crushed, maybe even more than once? How do you get back up and press on, when painful memories linger and the heart is heavy?

As responsible dog owners, breeders, and exhibitors, I’m sure we’ve dreamed of a healthy litter of promising pups, amazing adoptive families to come along, a new champion title, a successful year for our clubs, the well-being and longevity of our beloved canine companions, and on and on. But what happens when expectations are not met and dreams are crushed? Pain is a real emotion, and the wounds life deals are often long to heal. This message is not about the past however, it’s about the future. A bright future! So let’s turn the page on the past, and look forward with hope!

In this article I will define hope, and share 4 powerful steps to help you overcome heartache, and press on!

 

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She Fixed Her Eyes Ahead

During our daily walk, my dog paused and fixed her eyes intently ahead. For a moment, she stood there looking so regal, focused, and beautifully balanced. Something caught her attention and for a few seconds nothing else mattered. That got me thinking…

What are our eyes fixed on?

What has caught our attention . . .

Painful memories?

Present annoyances?

Future worries?

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Dog Tired?

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My dogs are constantly taking time to nap. Usually they curl up on the sofa or in their bed. But sometimes they zonk out in the funniest positions or places! It’s not because they’re bored. They have a zillion toys, each other, our family to interact and play with, and a large yard to run, watch squirrels and birds…
but they instinctively know when it’s time to rest, and they listen.
Are we listening to our bodies? Do we know when it’s time to rest? Or are we running ourselves ragged?
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Just Peeking In . . .

Hey there friends! Just peeking in to remind you that no matter what’s going on around you or within you, God loves you and has a plan.

Trust Him, and cling to His promises, despite upsetting or uncomfortable circumstances.

Wait on Him, even when you’re feeling impatient and frustrated, and want to take things into your own hands.

Be brave and courageous, even when you’re struggling with anxious thoughts, feel like turning and running, and have no idea what tomorrow holds.

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Hound Turned War Hero

The 75th anniversary of D-Day stirs up profound gratitude in my heart. Gratitude to all the men and women who served our country, and sacrificed so much for our freedom. It also stirs up deep gratitude to all the dogs who became part of the armed forces and bravely served alongside them. One such dog was Brian, a tough parachuting dog (a 2 year old Alsatian-Collie cross) who turned into a war hero and earned a medal for his service.

Read his inspirational story below, by following the link.

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