Female Friend of the Canine Kind

Female Friend of the Canine Kind

It’s Day 421 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chicon Purpose Project and I feel so blessed by time I’ve been able to spend with a female friend of the canine kind. Because I’m a life coach who supports women facing Ds –– personal challenges that can negatively impact professional performance –– I often deal with diagnosis, depression, and domestic violence, etc. Recently I’ve encountered women who have service/therapy dogs who provide constant companionship and emotional support. And I just read about an accomplished fictitious character who had two English Labs who lent moral strength for her in both personal and professional settings. Seeing how richly these dogs contribute to the lives of their people, spending time with the trained therapy dog of friends this weekend proved even more meaningful than usual. Juneau is trained through Canines for Christ, a non-profit that provides pet therapy by showing Christ’s love through giving. My Swan Sister Kibby’s fiancé, Roger, takes this 120 lb. Alaskan Malamute (she looks like a baby polar bear!) to visit different events and organizations where children, the elderly, veterans and/or just people who need to be encouraged. I was one of the latter on Saturday and Juneau did this for me in in spades. Simply being in her loving presence lifted my spirits and I’m so thankful for my female friend of the canine kind!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, Juneau, my Female Friend of the Canine Kind, & Juneau’s dog mom, Kibby. I’m casual in green shorts, matching top & a plaid shirt with scrappy sandals &  a bone handbag. All Calvin Klein from TJ Maxx –– last summer.

Juneau and another friend’s dog Jezzy –– short for Jezebel –– helped me to overcome thoughts of depression, loneliness and stagnation. Since my pet therapy session, I’ve felt energized in my coaching and writing. Just today I completed needed revisions and wrote a whole scene for the sequel of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul. I’ve also gotten enthused about an opportunity to speak at a book club meeting next month. Furthermore, I’ve checked many other items off of my to-do list for this week. Of course much of that can be attributed to Juneau’s people, Kibby and Roger. Kibby blesses me in some way or another almost weekly, but this time around Roger’s kindness and generosity are what touched me the most. He’d texted me last week and asked about the make and model of my car because he wanted to replace a lug nut! I didn’t know what that was, but he not only took care of that, he checked my oil, cleaned bird droppings and smudges off and suggested I go to Auto Zone for a free diagnostic. Then he told me to bring him the print out for any work that needs to be done!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chicon Purpose Swan facing some Ds, I can truly attest to the power of pet therapy. Juneau absolutely shows Christ’s love by giving, as do Kibby and Roger. And it’s clear to me that Juneau’s giving spirit is aligned with her master’s…They say all dogs go to heaven. Well, I personally believe there will be a special doggy mansion there for Juneau, my female friend of the canine kind.

I hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chicon Purpose and check out www.caninesforchrist.org.

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Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

 

 

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Pink Collar Canine for Christ

Pink Collar Canine for Christ

Day 113 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project provided the opportunity for me to finally see Juneau, a therapy dog, at work. Her human, Roger, is my friend Kibby’s significant other. Juneau is a 110′ Alaskan Malamute. Roger has had her since she was one and had her train with a greater Cincinnati agency, Canines for Christ, that shows Christ’s love through visiting assisting living, nursing homes, schools, and other facilities.  I was around when Juneau was in training but had never gotten to see her in action.

Today, Juneau represented Canines for Christ at an event for veterans. And although the vets raved about how beautiful and big she is, Juneau really did her job with a ten-year-old boy, Bradley, who has autism. His mother was distraught that he was having a bad day and wouldn’t get out of the car. Juneau to the rescue! When Roger took her over, she coaxed him out with her sheer sweetness. Normally, she isn’t supposed to be petted while on duty, and she is obedient when in that role. But today she was there specifically to let vets, and in this case a child, love on her and she definitely earned her keep!  I don’t think it was a stretch for her because if you look up “gentle giant”, you could find a picture of this pretty Pink Collar Canine.

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Juneau relaxing after she enjoyed two hot dogs as a reward for her afternoon at work.
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Though not visible, Juneau’s collar is actually a faded red – almost pink. Her tag is a pink heart. 
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Juneau and Roger. This picture could be entitled “Man’s Best Friend”. I think Kibby will frame it.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick, seeing Juneau at work did my heart good. By just spending a few minutes with Bradley, doing what she was created to do, she changed his day. And his moms’. Juneau is living her purpose with beauty, grace, and a servant’s heart. Yes, even a dog can serve, bless  people, and show Christ’s love to other’s here on earth. Juneau does it so well she could be the poster dog for Canine’s for Christ. It may sound silly, but she’s Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose in my book.

I plan to tear a page from Juneau’s book. How can you, whether working on the home front or in the workplace? Perhaps this message from our Zumba class this morning will inspire you.

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Pink Collar Coach and my Soul Sister, Kibby after our Saturday Zumba class. My athletic wear is Calvin Klein with my go-to New Balance gym shoes. Beauty (yes, beauty), comfort, and function. 

Be savvy & chic on purpose,

~Pink  Collar Coach