Hello. My name is Captain Jack and I’m the terribly charming, witty, and intelligent pal of my human, Dan. I’ve been observing human behavior and have come to the conclusion that you all can learn a lot from dogs. Especially me. You see, I’m a Jack Russell and we are unquestionably the smartest dogs on the planet. Welcome to my column…
I killed a snake.
For me and my species. This is a good thing. For the lady walking me, it appears to be frowned upon.
Dan and Barb were in New York and didn’t take me. I was left with a dog sitter. That was their first mistake. She took me out for a walk and while in my yard (I repeat MY yard), I saw a snake, This dude was black with a green stripe and had my name written all over him. I lunged and grabbed him! The lady freaked out and tried to make me drop him. No way! I had a death grip on him and shook him around like he was on some crazy Coney Island roller coaster. In the end, I dropped him and she pulled me away screaming. She even told on me to Dan. I never saw that snake again. She did leave it for Dan to clean up and he confirmed its death. Notch one up for Captain Jack!
The moral of my story is this – Do what you’re good at and give it all you have! I’m really good at catching snakes. That’s what my ancestors were bred to do. It might not make everyone happy and I may even get a few nasty letters. But, I’m really good at saving the planet (or at least my yard) from snakes and I’m going to keep doing it with gusto! If you get too concerned with what others think, then you’re doomed to failure. Find what you love, give it all you’ve got, be prepared to fail a few times, and keep trying. Every once in awhile, you may just catch a snake!