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Conquering Fears and Saying Good-bye in 2014

Max the dog

The end of the year 2014 is quickly approaching in minutes rather than hours. I am looking ahead to 2015 and all of the things that I hope/plan to accomplish. Max is also going to accomplish many things, although he doesn’t know it yet. The year of 2014 was a year of loss with Tasha dying in August, but it was also a year that both Max and I conquered our fears.

Tasha was my beloved and my first ever German Shepherd. I got her from a backyard breeder, she was a pure-bred and before you jump all over me because she wasn’t a shelter dog, she was a dog that I loved and was sad to see die. She fought a brave battle with cancer and passed away at home. She will always be remembered for being a faithful dog.

Max and I spent most of the year working through his fears of just about everything. He feared trash cans, shadows, movements in the dark, sitting on the grass, to mention a few. Max was a shelter dog and as a very young dog he lived on the streets for a few months and learned to fear things that he didn’t understand.

Max and I walked many times and spent evenings sitting in the front yard where he got a chance to study the shadows and get used to the smells.  Repetition was as good for him as it was for me. While he learned the following commands; sit, lay down, run, come, I had a chance to write and expanded my knowledge of writing. I explored new subjects and followed the Carriage Horse Drama in New York City. I began to focus my writing. I have all these books talking about writing and have written non-fiction articles for the pet and wedding industry along with other industries. While writing for all topics is great experience is keeps me from specializing on a topic.

As Max became comfortable with sitting on the grass and not jumping at every little thing, I finally pulled together an e-book that will be coming out in early 2015. Of course, you guessed it, it has a dog theme.

In 2014, Max was the poster dog for conquering his fears and seeing as how he did it then so can you and I. Together we can accomplish those things that hold us back, that require we get out of our comfort zone and strive to do better and to do more.

There were many other things that happened in this sad yet hopeful year. In the coming year of 2015, I hope that you will find happiness, health and the determination to overcome your biggest fear(s).

The animals of Dogs Rule Cats Drool wish you and yours a wonderful New Year!

Rest in Peace Tasha


Happy New Year Sassy!


Spencer you crossed the rainbow bridge almost two years ago. We miss you!


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