National Pet Week

“Humans need a lot of reinforcement… loving, gentle encouragement.”

— Bandit Martin (beloved dog and author)


Because this is National Pet Week, I thought you might like hearing some wise words from a pet. Our little Bandit (initially Mom & Dad’s) wrote a book back in 2016. “A Dangerous Book for Dogs… Train Your Humans with the Bandit Method.” He warned his readers to keep the book and audiobook OUT of human hands, but I managed to snag a copy.

Some of his adventures and advice tips are insightful; others are hysterical. But his words, written to other dogs (and their feline friends), are always kind, loving, and honest. Here’s an excerpt from one of his chapters.

“Loving unconditionally comes naturally to canines. We know and practice some love basics… We forgive and forget. We never hold grudges. We share love freely. We express love daily. We are always empathetic. We tune into feelings, not words. We deliver loyalty, unabashed.

“These are natural skills for us, but we must always endeavor to share our example with humans. Remember, they usually mean well, but they tend to be slow learners. If they only understood the value of unconditional love to their health! Such positive energy improves quality and length of life, plus it reduces stress. Now THAT is something always at the top of a human’s To-Do list.”

(Ahhhh… from the mouths of pets! Remember to thank your pet today.)

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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