Extra Points – Killing Snakes

This week’s focus point…Killing Snakes

Jack and DanA Special Guest Post by Captain Jack…

Hello…I am Captain Jack. I’m Dan’s incredibly witty, charming, and handsome Jack Russell terrier. Since I know how to access Dan’s blog, I have something to say. Listen up…

I killed a snake on Saturday. Some people may find this revolting, but I don’t care. I find some things humans do revolting…like going in a little room to do their business. We all have our hangups…

I’m going to teach you how to catch a snake in 3 easy steps…just in case you ever need to. Step 1 ~ you have to have a passion for catching snakes. If you don’t have a passion for it, you’ll just be going through the motions in a miserable mood. I have a passion for snaring snakes! Step 2 ~You have to be in the place snakes live. You won’t find snakes on the beach, so why would you waste your time there? Seek them where they can be found. Step 3 ~ You have to be ready. If you don’t practice and improve your craft and skill, you will only be mediocre. If you do, then when than magical moment arrives that you encounter a snake, it’s yours! I am always practicing my snatch and grab move with the pillows on the sofa.

Funny how humans can use the same 3 steps in their work. In order for you to be successful on your own snake hunting career, you need to have a passion for your work; a real passion that goes beyond paying the bills. You need to seek out your prospective clients where they live to help them; don’t expect them to always seek you out…snakes don’t do that. You have to be a hunter. Finally, you have to always be improving how you help them so when you have an opportunity, you can take it. That means practicing your craft, your skills, and your confidence. I’m always confident. You should try that yourself!

It’s pretty simple. I never cease to be amazed at why humans make it so hard.

P.S. If you want a view of my kill (he was still alive at this point), then click here. Fair warning: If you don’t like looking at snakes, then don’t.

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote –

Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”

~ Groucho Marx


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Extra Points – Barking at the TV

This week’s focus point…Barking at the TV14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001

Hello. This Is Captain Jack. I’m Dan’s charming witty, and highly intelligent Jack Russell terrier. Dan’s on assignment driving back across the country with one of my human sisters. I’ve taken on the responsibility for your reading material for the week. Lucky you!

I’ve been watching the FIFA World Cup soccer matches on television with Dan the past couple of weeks. As you might know, I love watching TV. It’s the best information I can get to try to figure you humans out. There is a lot to figure…Dan watches these matches differently than how he watches the Seahawks. On Sundays during the NFL season, he has been known to yell, cry, jump for joy, utter disgust, proclaim admiration, and occasionally bark at the TV. I listen for him to yell, “get him,” so I can then burst into a ball of fire (like the Tasmanian Devil of Looney Tunes fame) barking at the TV and exhorting the Seahawks defense to make a big play. I look forward to all those opportunities because they need me.

Dan doesn’t move around or say much during soccer. His reaction is much more muted, yet when all of a sudden someone scores a goal, he reacts with fervor. I think it’s because he is a novice with the game and doesn’t understand all he’s watching. He does know that a goal for us is good, and a goal for the other guys is bad. That’s pretty much it. But he knows how to bark at that!

How humans react to things that happen to them determine how they move forward. I notice that often humans react with cynicism and negativity. Their bark is more of a growl. They blame others, dwell on the conflict, and in so doing mess up the rest of their day, week, or year. They are also no fun to be around. The good news is that there are humans out there that react with a positive attitude, take responsibility, and commit to solutions. Their results are much better. We dogs react, respond, and then move on. Even if the wrong team scores the goal, we know there are other opportunities ahead of us to bark at the TV. Always knowing there is more time to bark keeps us motivated and focused on the moment. What about you?

 

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote – 

One-fifth of people are against everything all the time.”

~ Robert Kennedy

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Holy Crap: It’s All About Location, Location, Location….

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 toCaptain Jack 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. 

It’s your lucky day. I’m the guest blogger…

Humans just don’t get it. When a dog’s got to do his duty, the location means everything. Last night, Dan was taking me on a walk on our regular route. I needed to do my business (#2) and I found one of my normal locations ready and waiting for me. I needed a little extra leash, if you know what I mean. When I have found a potential new spot near the regular, it’s very exciting and my olfactory senses were on fire. on fire!

I needed to turn around a few times on that location to indoctrinate it properly. Dan wasn’t making it easy. I was trying to go deeper into the yard; he was impatient and argumentative extolling that I could just go anywhere. Does he just go anywhere? No. Neither do I. Location is everything. We somehow managed a compromise and moved on, but it was frustrating for me.

Humans should be worried about location, too. Here’s what I mean. You need a place you feel comfortable to work, to play, and to exist. These places are where you can relax and many times “reset.” My favorite Seattle Seahawks player is Russell Wilson (even though he’s not much of a barker). He says he has a “reset” place on the field for when things are tough and he needs to start over. We dogs are keen on location. If you humans were too, you’d have a reset location either physically or in your mind. You all need a place to go for peace and inspiration when things are a little tough. It needs to be consistent and always available to you….even if you do have to turn around a few times to get comfortable.

We dogs mark our territories so we don’t forget. Maybe you should do the same (except in a human way since ours is inappropriate for you).

© 2014 Captain Jack. All Rights Reserved

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