If you are a dog lover, this book is for you! Anyone that has a dog in their life knows they are all the better for it. Grab this insightful free book of dog-inspired lessons for humans and learn how easy it is to mirror your dog’s ability to let go, love unconditionally and live in the moment.
In our busy, work-filled lives, it’s easy to forget the simple things: love, loyalty, forgiveness, kindness, and faith. Some people will spend years searching for these vital elements, but author and animal-lover Joyce Kostakis found them a little closer to home: in her beloved dogs, Cooper and Max.
The E-book may be free, but the lessons are invaluable. Cooper and Max’s stories will melt your heart and change the way you see the world. Their loyalty, trust, and ability to live in the moment will inspire you to let go, enjoy life, be present and cherish every moment. This quick read will leave a long-lasting smile.
Dog Inspired Lessons for humans provides big life lessons with heart-warming photos that show us dogs aren’t just man’s best friend—they can be man’s (and woman’s!) best teacher too. Cooper’s ability to leave an abusive past behind and trust again will inspire you. Max’s pure joy and capacity to live in the moment will bring out your inner child.
Before you know it, you will find yourself recognizing these small blessings within your fur family, and your life will never be the same.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have no doubt that each pet that shared their lives with me was God-guided into my life. It is perfect that dog is God spelled backward, it gives a dual meaning when I share the dog guided inspirational tales (tails) that taught me profound lessons in love, living in the moment, gratitude, and the power of forgiving and letting go.
I made a decision to apply the lessons learned while watching Cooper and Max interact on a day to day basis. The result was positive. I feel emulating them as taught me how to be a better person. It has taught me to be a better friend, coworker, sister, wife, and a pet owner. I decided to write this book to share my insights as well as provide a few photos to give you a smile in the process.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Nonfiction. but Cooper and Max, the stars of the book are my two beloved dogs.
In 2014, Summer passed away and my heart was broken, as was Cooper’s. I wasn’t ready to adopt another pup. We were planning a move to Oregon in a few months and the thought of two dogs and three cats in the car for three days made me shudder.
I tried to hold fast. Cooper repeatedly gave me his I’m-lonely-and-need-a-friend eyes. Anyone with a beloved pet knows those eyes… the ones that constantly say, “I just need someone to play with me!” I asked him to be patient and promised him I would adopt a friend when we got to Oregon. He refused to hear it.
If ever there were a God-guided ”tail,” Max is it. Apparently, Cooper had turned to God with his request, since his efforts to sway me were falling on deaf ears. What do I mean? A few weeks after the daily stare down, a stray dog (Max) found his way to our front door. I will admit that I added to the prayer as well, so I guess you could say we tag teamed our request. So here is the lowdown on how Max joined the family and how I changed my position about waiting until we moved.
I guess Cooper asked God to put Max in our path when we were on our walk that day. I added to the request to bring Max into our family as soon as I saw him with my neighbor during our walk. We stopped to talk. I asked her if he was her new pup and she told me he lived in the neighborhood and she was tired of taking him home. My neighbor said that she was going to give the owner a good tongue-lashing and if she saw the pup loose again, she would take him to the pound because she didn’t want him to get run over.
I knew Max was the one for us at that moment. At that time, Cooper was over his leash-aggressive behavior, but he would still get nervous if a strange dog got too close. Cooper didn’t react to Max at all. He just sat and watched us while we were all talking. Not even a nervous lip lick. We were leaving for Greece the next day and I wasn’t in a position to take Max in. I put a prayer request to God’s ear that I would be willing to take Max when I got back. I added that if he was meant to be in our family, when I returned from Greece to put him back in my path and I would take care of the rest. I kid you not, we returned late on a Friday evening and very early Saturday morning I saw something sitting outside my front door. I opened the door and it was a cold, soaking wet Max.
Well, I asked God to put him in my path if it was meant to be; I just didn’t think he would ring my doorbell. I called out to my husband to put Cooper on a leash and bring him out front. I told my husband if they got along, we should ask the owners if we could keep him. “Just like that?” my husband asked. When it is meant to be, yes, just like that.
Cooper and Max hit it off immediately. I brought Max in and they took a nap on the couch together. When the rain stopped, I took Max and Cooper on their first walk together to ask the owner if we could keep him. The owner looked relieved and told me the dog was a pain in the #%#$ and, yes, I could keep him.
“Anything I should know?” I asked. “He likes to eat old shoes,” was the response. I’m sure you can see the thought bubble pop up over my head. What? Old shoes? My guess was all shoes were fair game, and I loved my shoes. "How does he know the difference between an old shoe and a new one?” I asked, knowing there was no difference to the pup. ”All my shoes are old,” he replied. “One more thing,” I asked. “If Max doesn’t get along with my cats, can I bring him back?” “Of course,” was the response.
I think we both knew that Max wasn't coming back. It turns out Max thinks he is a cat. As you can see, we had no issues. I’m glad I asked for Max to come into our lives. We are the richer for it.
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