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  • Writer's pictureCynthia Brian

Lessons from Dogs

"I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.” - Doris Day

Hosts Keerthi and Julia bark and howl about their love for our canine companions! Dogs, those lovable furballs of joy and chaos, teach us about life, love, and laughter. They interview Hersch Wilson with his newest book, Dog Lessons, Learning the Important Stuff from our Best Friends. Hersch shares his research and personal connection to the dogs he’s lived with, loved, and learned from. He talks about the importance of adopting dogs from shelters, how humans are guardians, not owners, how breeds are not indicators of behaviors, and the importance of grieving when a dog dies. Dogs are critical members of our family with lessons for living a full and joyful life. Keerthi zooms in on how dogs remind us that life is all about embracing the little things, finding joy in the simplest of pleasures. Julia shows us that dogs are more than just furry companions; they're entrepreneurial inspirations, business motivators, and sources of tail-wagging enthusiasm. In the complex maze of business strategies and endless meetings, dogs are the masters of embracing simplicity and practicing mindfulness. They remind us to take a pause, enjoy the journey, and sometimes, just roll with it. She suggests that dog lovers with a nurturing streak, can offer services such as pet-sitting, dog walking, and pet grooming combining a love for animals with a lucrative venture. Dogs are canine coaches, our teachers, our therapists, and our best friends. Rescue a dog and learn to love life with all its chaos.

Bio: Hersch Wilson is an organizational consultant, pilot, former professional dancer, and volunteer firefighter. He writes a monthly column on dogs for the Santa Fe New Mexican, has published articles and done presentations on PTSD and firefighters, and is the author of Play to Win and Firefighter Zen. His wife Laurie owns and runs an award-winning, popular boutique pet store. They have two daughters and currently two dogs: a Great Pyrenees named Toby and a Chihuahua-terrier mix named Maisie. They live in Santa Fe, New Mexico. More information at

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