The Happy Dog Mom Mission
It is my mission to help dog moms create happier, healthier lives, for themselves and their dogs.
I know it’s possible because I’ve radically transformed my own life and the lives of my four senior Boxers.
Now I am sharing the psychological and spiritual transformations that took me from feeling depressed, lost and unlovable to living in unconditional love, happiness and energy—and that pulled two of my dogs back from the brink of death.
The best way to heal our dogs is to heal ourselves first.
Most people think food, training and exercise are the keys to better health and happiness for their dogs. But they’re all missing the most important ingredient: your own energy of health and happiness. When I was at my lowest, my dogs were sicker than ever. As I healed, so did they. I’ve seen it over and over: when you care for yourself as much as your dog, you create a mutual cycle of healing and vitality more powerful than any food, training or enrichment could ever create.
It’s time to see dogs differently.
It’s time to drop the old, outdated beliefs we were raised with about who dogs are, what they think, and how to treat them. Emerging science is revealing that our dogs are more complex, intelligent and connected to us than we’ve ever realized. We are missing out on a deeper relationship with our dogs simply because we’ve been conditioned by a society that “owns” dogs. When you learn to observe your dog as a conscious, communicating and emotional being, you will tap into a deeper, more meaningful bond than you ever knew was possible.
Our thoughts shape our reality.
How many times a day do you repeat the same thoughts of shame, fear, rejection, doubt and pain? Science tells us we have about 60,000 thoughts per day—and 90% of them are the same exact thoughts as the day before. When you constantly replay negative experiences from your past, you relive the same pain every day—even if the experience that caused you pain ended decades ago. Choosing to shift your thoughts away from the negativity of the past creates space for newer, more positive, more abundant thoughts to come in. We are what we think. Who would you choose to be if you were no longer trapped in the repeating stories of the past?
Unconditional love isn’t just for the dogs.
Dogs are role models of unconditional love: loving without conditions or expectations. Our dogs don’t need us to lose weight or change our ways before they will love us. They don’t hold grudges, play mind games, or attach strings to their affection. If you provide them with basic safety, kindness and physical needs, they will respond with boundless love. It’s part of what is so healing to be around them. Loving unconditionally might be more natural for dogs than it is for humans, but it’s a practice and way of being that we can aspire to. What would your world look like if you practiced unconditional love—toward your dogs, toward others, and toward yourself?
We’re all doing the best we can in this moment with what we know and where we are.
I’ve made so many mistakes with my dogs, and will continue to do so, because I don’t know what I don’t know. Whether you’re a first-time dog mom or you have raised entire generations, you’re doing the best you can now with what you know and where you are. With knowledge, we can all do a little bit better. No dog mom guilt allowed here.
You already are the person your dog thinks you are. Treat yourself kindly.
“Be the person your dog thinks you are.” It’s a popular saying in the dog community, and the intention behind it is nice. But the reality is that you already are the person your dog thinks you are. In your dog’s eyes, you already are the most loving, kind, beautiful, desirable person around. You already are good enough. You already are loved. What if, instead of feeling like you need to be a better person, you started to feel all the good that is already there?
Dogs are family, not property.
In my lifetime, I want to see dogs given the respect and protection they deserve. I want to help elevate their status in society so that dogs are no longer seen as just a commodity to sell, beat, fight, abandon or dispose of without consequences. Humankind’s best friend deserves better.
Dogs depend on us. We must be their voice.
Being an advocate for dogs doesn’t just mean passing legislation to protect them or volunteering at your local animal shelter. There is power in being a gentle advocate for our dogs on a daily basis, with our neighbors, at the vet’s office, on dog walks, and even within our own families.
Loving our dogs like family isn’t “crazy.”
I reject the label of “crazy dog lady.” I don’t see anything crazy about providing love, compassion and care to another living being. I want to change the idea that caring for dogs means there’s something wrong with you. I say, maybe there’s something wrong with those who don’t.
A more beautiful world is possible.
I believe there is wonder and magic and boundless love and connection all around us. I believe in the beauty of small moments that so often get overlooked, like the starlight burst of the sun through leaves or the brush of the wind across your cheek. I believe a happier, healthier, more beautiful life is possible, right here, right now, even amongst all the chaos. The beauty of life is available if you create the time and the awareness to look for it. Once you see it, you may never be the same.
Are You In?
Become a Happy Dog Mom
Happy Dog Mom is a tribe of women who understand that it’s not “crazy” to love your dog like family. In fact, it’s good for us. The world could use more of it. Let’s create a dog mom community where we can share the messy, funny, healing, tearful stories about what our dogs mean to us. Let’s learn ways to bring more health, happiness and love into our lives. Along the way, let’s explore ways to help our dogs live happier, healthier, longer lives.
I’m making it my mission to find ways to be better with dog. Join me as I share simple steps—all backed by research and experience—that you can take today to create more joy and energy for you, and for your dog.