"The Art of Raising a Puppy" by The Monks of New Skete

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
I am loving The Art of Raising a Puppy by the New Skete Monks from Cambridge, New York.  The writing is impeccable, and the writers are so present with the text, disseminating important information on how to raise a puppy.  They two other popular books called Let Dogs Be Dogs: Understanding Canine Nature and Mastering the Art of Living with Your Dog and How To Be Your Dog's Best Friend.  I highly recommend any of these books if you are thinking about purchasing a dog!  Lives devoted to spirituality above all else, you can imagine that their monasteries are the perfect setting for dog training.  They see the relationship between humans and dogs as a spiritual one, which is why the age-old expression says "a dog is a man's best friend".

 Adam and I are taking very seriously our decision to purchase a whippet, and are spending much time reading and gathering knowledge so that we from the day we bring our puppy home, we are on a road to success.  We see this decision to buy a whippet as a lifestyle change, one in which we want to make.  We want to lead more active lives, and are looking forward to the companionship a dog has the capacity to bring.  In The Art of Raising a Puppy, the Monks of New Skete write, " . . . a living, autonomous yet highly social pack-oriented creature who has an amazing capacity for companionship and love.  Capacity is precisely that--a natural potential" (5).   I see that our whippet will have capacity, too, and I will value that.  I am also seeing the capacity within myself, to learn to be around dogs again without anxiety and fear.  This will be a journey, for all of us. 


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