Are You a Pet Owner?
Pet Owner. I like this word. I work with and teach many of you who wear this badge.
Caregiver, guardian, etc. may seem more politically correct, but consider this:
Some top of mind examples illustrate this, from purely physical to less so.
Home Owners vs Renters
When you own your own place, don’t you naturally take better care of it than when a landlord owns it? You care more for its appearance as well as its functionality. When you’ve invested in a home, you’re more mindful of its maintenance.
Home improvements occupy more brain cells when you own your home. You think about adding on, upgrading, maybe putting in a pool or a gym room. You might gut your old kitchen and make something modern that’s both esthetic and functional.
Car Owner vs Lessor
Ever notice this? When you set out to buy a car, you hone in on the make and model you think you’d like, and you start seeing them everywhere! There’s a part of all mammalian brains called the reticular activating system. It’s what helps us sort through the millions of stimuli coming our way daily and focus on those things that matter.
I became enamored with the Tesla Model S for a spell last year. How amazing that Elon Musk developed the first all electric car that had substantial range, looked so cool, had zero pollution, and happened to be crazy fast. I started looking for them. Though there aren’t many on the road, my brain would light up when I saw one. I’d turn my head to follow it if I could.
My amazing client Autumn owns one and let me drive it. Oh my God! What an amazing car!
If I ever own one (unlikely until a more affordable model comes to market), you can bet I’ll treat it way differently than the Toyota rent-a-car I might get when I travel somewhere.
Own Your Business vs Work for The Man
Would you ever work as hard in a standard J.O.B. as you would in your own business?
Never. You have no consequences from slacking off on someone else’s time clock.
I know this one well. I’m working harder now than I ever have in my professional career. I own the show and strive to make the best offerings I can for you.
Farmer or Land Owner vs Sharecropper
If you own land, and especially if you cultivate that land, you’ve got choices of stewardship before you. Will you follow the Big Ag model of NPK fertilizers that boost empty crop growth and deplete the soil? If so, you’ll need herbicides and pesticides too, because your land will attract weeds and your weakened plants will attract insect predators.
Or, will you compost and amend the soil naturally, and rotate crops, and plant companion crops near each other that actually enhance each others’ growth and repel insects?
The latter strategy will build the value of your land yearly. Every crop you grow on it will have more flavor and nutritional value, whether you are growing it for your own consumption or bringing it to market.
Would a sharecropper care as much about the big picture for the land he works? Not by a long stretch.
With Ownership Comes Healthier Decisions
This is the central point, and why I like the word “owner” so much better than caregiver or guardian:
When you truly OWN an animal, you bring greater responsibility, greater investment of self, and greater care to the equation than if you merely “give care” or “guard” that animal.
I want you to OWN your animals’ health decisions this year. You’ve seen what comes from giving that away, right? From blindly giving that care to Dr. WhiteCoat?
- Vaccines annually: still happening in some 60% of vet practices, against all science, and extremely damaging to health.
- Poisons for fleas, ticks, worms and heartworm. The heartworm drugs are one of the biggest killers of pets.
- Recommended food that’s devitalized and toxic.
- Symptom suppression vs Cure.
When you OWN your health, you don’t blindly follow a doctor’s recommendations. You study, you learn, you become empowered, you question authority. Your diet shifts, your household shifts, you walk differently on the planet.
Same for your animals. When you truly own them, they are yours to guide safely along life’s winding path. Watching out for sink holes and land mines and ignorant practices that are done, well because “we’ve always done this.” Bleh.
Be a pet owner.
Own your animal this year, and every year they are in your life. Much good will come of this, for not only your animal but for your confidence and power.
Knowledge is power, after all.
Here’s a great place to start your ownership. Stop your current heartworm medication and own my Drug Free Heartworm Prevention Protocol now.
One of the known side effects of this program: overall health improvements that you can see and feel and revel in. Your animal will shine!
Start now while the mosquitos are on Winter break. By the time they return, your animal will be impervious to them and the heartworm they might carry.