April 10

New Tricks

I spent a bit of time this week at night before bed planning some new skills I want to develop that have nothing to do with my job. I asked my family if I could have in lieu of a Mother’s Day gift two days of training to learn logistical and animal-handling techniques needed to volunteer for large-scale animal rescue missions such as when a local government animal control agency needs support closing down a puppy mill. At this point in my life I’m trying to move from “I’ve always wanted to do that” to “How do I get the skills needed to be able to do that?” I’m guessing though that deep down there’s a longing to continue to grow, to continue to learn something that will help me see the world differently. Basically, I don’t want to be a dog who can’t learn a new trick.