Daily Archives: June 30, 2014

Can we Learn About Appropriate Expression from our Critters? Empathy, Authenticity, and Unconditional Love from a Canine Perspective

By Monica Nelson Our dog, Melanie, has a proclivity toward the men in our household. She belongs to our 13-year-old son and she fulfills the part well. About 10-20 minutes before he is to come home from school, she will jump up from her sleeping spot on the dog pillow strategically placed beneath our living room picture window and stand at attention in my office doorway. Nervously lifting her legs, one at a time, indicating suppression of her deep desire to jump up and down, she will whimper in ever increasing volume until I acknowledge her presence. As I turn to look at her, she will send out a small … Continue reading

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