Life Lessons....From A Pooch?

By: Alexis Meads, Regular Contributor

A while back, I wrote an article about all the life lessons I’ve learned from my German Shepherd puppy, Koa.

Well, I’m revisiting it once again because I continue to think how good life would be if we could all embrace his attitude a little more.

To give you some background, while my fiancé and I were visiting family over the holidays we had to put our two dogs in the kennel for about a week. This kennel has a great reputation and we knew the dogs would be well cared for. Although we were both a little nervous because they had never previously been boarded.

We came back to anxiously pick them up a week later and they both bounced out in full force to greet us. Koa gave me a huge hug as usual.

He looked great, Pono on the other hand, looked like she must not have eaten the entire week and was considerably thin. We felt terrible and made it our mission over the next week to give her lots of cuddles and plump her back up to a healthy weight.

But here’s the reason why Koa fared far better than Pono: He has a trustful attitude towards all things in life. Period.


When he was in the kennel he knew that it would all turn out okay. He knew that we would come back to get him. So in the meantime, he could lay back and enjoy himself as much as possible.

You may think I’m making this up, but seriously, even the night he was in the doggy ICU after an accident there was a huge smile on his face. As if to say, “don’t worry, I’m okay mama.”

This has made me think about our attitudes within our lives.

Do you have full trust that it will all turn out okay?

Can you set your vision on an outcome in the future and know that it will happen no matter what?

Can you allow yourself to relax and enjoy yourself in the present moment even if the situation isn’t ideal?

If I’m being honest, I can’t always answer yes to every one of those questions.

We all do this. We have a hopeful outcome in mind:

Perhaps we want to quit our job and write that book

Or we want to sing on Broadway

Or go on a date with the girl or guy we’ve had a crush on forever

Or run a marathon

We get excited about it. We can even see it. Yes, I know this is going to be awesome!

But then, doubt creeps in…

I’m an idiot to think I can quit my job and still make money

My voice really isn’t that great anyway

What am I thinking, he’d never be into me

To run, or watch another episode of New Girl on Netflix?

Here is where Koa’s lessons are needed. Keep your sights on the outcome you want and know in your bones that it WILL happen. Have a fixed determination on it no matter what.

And in the meantime, hey, relax and enjoy the ride. There is so much to already be grateful for.

About Alexis

IATG_Headshot.jpgAlexis Meads received her M.A. at Harvard University. She is a Certified Wellness Coach and Self-Love Expert. She helps women to fall madly in love, feel sexy and confident every day and create a life full of adventure. For more articles, visit or download her Free Video Training here.



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