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Why the Greatness of our nation rests with Puppy Kisses ~ a South Philly Be Loved {us}session

The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

~ Mahatma Gandhi

This is one of my favorite quotes.  Seemingly simple enough but most things that contain highly provocative truths are just that,simple.  I firmly believe that the greatness, kindness and propensity of love that we have as humans is directly related to how we treat all creatures of the world, human and otherwise.  A simple principle right?  One would think so.

My heart always warms when I see people who adore their pets.  There are so many reasons why but for me one of the most important is behavioral.  The behavior of loving and caring for your pet selflessly will most likely translate into other areas of your life and loves.  Conversely if you are hateful, cruel and neglectful these actions are part of you and will manifest outward into your world as well.

Judaism places great stress on proper treatment of animals. Unnecessary cruelty to animals is strictly forbidden, and in many cases, animals are accorded the same sensitivity as human beings.  In Jewish law it is is preventing tza’ar ba’alei chayim, the suffering of living creatures.

Modern psychology confirms this understanding, with many studies finding a relationship between childhood animal cruelty and adult criminal violence.

A quote for our Christian friends, A righteous man knows the soul of his animal – Proverbs 12:10

Why all this mention of kindness and greatness in relation to behaviors towards animals you ask?  Well, I for one never really had pets growing up.  It wasn’t until my mid thirties that a little runt of a puppy waddled her way into my life and my heart.  Now, I couldn’t imagine a day in my life void of smelly puppy kisses and when I see how others treat and care for their pets in the way that I care for mine my heart melts because I can imagine the same care and love and attention demonstrated by their behavior manifesting in how they would treat a future child or husband, wife, girlfriend, friend, family or stranger.  There is but one life we have to live on this planet of ours and it’s our duty to live it well and to touch all beings animal or otherwise with boatloads of love!  To leave things and people better than we found them…

We spent a warm spring late afternoon in the city of Philadelphia with Ginny, Mike and Bugsy chasing the light.  One of the things I ask of my clients is that no matter how nervous they may be that they embrace the process and let me help them find that place where the nervousness disappears and their personalities shine through.  I study behavior.  I can’t help myself.  In doing so it helps me to cater to each client and their needs and get the most I can out of them for their benefit.  This particular afternoon I was awarded with the presence of two beautiful souls who just love their puppy and are so in love with each other.  Funny thing is that as much as I could see the awesomeness of their relationship with Bugsy I could see even stronger repeating patterns with how they treated each other.  Albeit self appointed confessions of nervousness proved no match for our Jedi tactics =)  Thank you to Ginny and Mike for giving us so many glimpses into the core of who you are, how you love and what it takes to meet so long ago and build a lasting long term relationship and be great parents to little Bugsy but more importantly thank you for showing me all of those pieces of you.  They are special and I value each and every one =)

Here are a few of my favorites from their {us} session.  Don’t forget to visit our page to spread the love and to view more work.

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