Of Dogs and Consultants

The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. —Astrological Definition Dogs are tripartite. They have common dog characteristics, such as a keen sense of smell,  the ability to learn certain jobs or tricks or habits, and compatibility with humans. They also have breed characteristics. Beagles will tend to run away and roam. German Shepherds love to work and play because they …


The Dog Star: The Buyer vs. the End User

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) When we buy dog treats they invariably come in resealable, air tight bags to retain freshness. Yet the various forms of bacon, sausages, pigs’ ears, and other equivalents are much preferred by the dogs stale, because they crunch. Dogs don’t care about freshness, they care about flavor and crunchiness. Why …


The Dog Star: Perspective

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) Bentley, my Shepherd, has one of the greatest pounds-per-square-inch bites in the animal kingdom: 325 pounds. That puts him in the top dozen, along with bears, great whites, tigers, and gators. He can also catch magnificently, and any dog treat tossed his way will be caught by those jaws, whether …


Why Dogs Arrive Ahead of You

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness.                   —Astrological Definition) Bentley runs ahead of me and, at a certain distance, stops to observe whether I’ll go right, left, or straight. He then runs ahead in that direction and continues the maneuver until he realizes our destination (the truck, the pool, the mail, …


The Dog Star: Fabulous Fetching

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) Bentley tears across the yard and down the hill, looks up for the Frisbee, then times a leap so that he catches is about five feet off the ground, lands on all fours, and stops his momentum. He’s like the Great Gretzky, skating to where the puck will be, not …


Courage: The Dog Star

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) Bentley is a sweet dog, great with children, loves to play. But he bears his teeth and barks and flattens his ears with strangers (and some people he knows) and frightens them. He’s an adult Shepherd, and more than a handful to deal with. I’ve observed that when people back …


The Dog Star: All the News That’s Fit to Sniff

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) The dogs scour the yard when I take them out in the morning. The look all over, sniff, paw at patches that look to me like any other. They are engrossed. They know what’s gone on overnight, what passed through, what transpired. They’re reading the morning newspaper in the canine …


The Dog Star: Braking

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) Bentley ran out so fast this morning that he ran right past a duck which, inexplicably, was sitting on the lawn. The duck looked as though it had seen an apparition, and took off for the tennis court (then the pool and, finally, the pond where it lives). Bentley threw …


The Dog Star: Straight Lines

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) The dogs came in this morning and I threw them their dog treats. An errant throw placed Buddy’s on the other side of Bentley, who was eating his. Buddy quickly ran underneath Bentley, the shortest route to his treat, before Bentley got to that one, too. At first I thought this …


The Dog Star: Who’s With Me?

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) I’ve worked with many CEOs who were visionary, big picture thinkers. But some solely looked ahead and never looked around. When Bentley realizes we’re headed toward the treat drawer, or the yard, or the truck, he runs ahead, but stops periodically to see if I’m still coming. He stops at …