As a blogger, I do a lot of talking. Often too much. However, I think it is just as important to read what other people have to say. It’s easy to get caught up in voicing one’s own opinions and forget to check in with the other twenty sides of the story. Unfortunately, I don’t think it makes for a very well-rounded life, or blog. As vital as I believe it is to join the conversation, it may be even more important to sit back and listen every once in a while.
Being a naturally quiet person, I have always prided myself on being a good listener. Actually speaking up was much more of a challenge. It took me years before I even typed my first comment. With this website as an outlet, that has changed. These days I set aside time every morning to yammer. But I don’t often set aside time to read, really read, the thoughts of others. There is a difference between hearing someone else’s words and actually understanding them, taking them to heart. I think I’ve gotten pretty good at the talking. It’s time to start listening again.
Here are some of the interesting things I have heard this week:
“The regular attention you pay to your dog during grooming sessions is key to his health as well as to your relationship with each other. It can also be beneficial to your own health, though — full disclosure — it is unlikely to enhance your appearance. Quite the opposite when brushing or bathing your dog is involved.” – Will My Dog Hate Me.
“There was a little agility course for child handlers and their Alpacas which looked like a lot of fun for both! They also had to go through a fly screen thingy, weave around the little posts with the balloons on, go over a few small jumps and go through the tunnel you can see in the background. It was timed and the kids took it very seriously!” – Greyhounds CAN Sit.
“It’s something I struggle with on a very real basis. I tend to cut people out of my life if they do something to me intentionally or unintentionally without a second thought. Over the years, I’ve gotten quite good at it. I can’t say that I’ve ever been ashamed of it… until yesterday.” – Identity V + E
“Dogs protect us from evil forces. Cats may be in touch with evil forces that can suck our brains out through our ears.” – The Poodle (And Dog) Blog
“The universe is testing my willingness to be out of control. I only wish blog databases and work were as cute and fuzzy as puppies.” – Something Wagging This Way Comes
“The current leaders of Ontario already consider the pitbull ban to be “old news”. Imagine if there were no letters, no protests, no one fighting? BSL
wouldn’t be on the political radar, ever, and the ban would remain. Out of sight, out of mind.” – Swamp Dog Blog
“I strongly believe that the only way breed specific anything can change is through compromise, and that means listening and hearing the other side. It means being willing to work with people who don’t care, people who think our ideas are stupid, and people who will never change their minds because they know they’re right.” – Dogs and Tails
“Have you ever watched your dog’s ears? Like really, closely studied them? They tell you so much about what they’re thinking or how they’re feeling. I could write a whole book about my dogs’ ears. Though no one would read it. Except maybe John, and even he’d probably get bored by chapter 2.” – Oh My Dog!
“Are pet owners really such simpletons that they can’t grasp the notion that dogs need exercise, in whatever form it takes for a particular dog, because they ‘enjoy’ exercise, and that is reason enough for providing them with the opportunity for it? Dog trainers, bite your tongues.” – Fearfuldogs’ Blog
What have you been reading lately? I am always looking for new blogs to check out. They don’t even have to be dog blogs. If you have any recommendations, please leave them in the comments!