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The Dog Star: Beagle Lessons

The Dog Star: Beagle Lessons

(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 other night I came home at about 7 from dinner by myself, and found Buddy Beagle sitting by his bowl waiting for dinner. His dog food can was on the counter, so I figured Maria had left it out for me while she went to her board meeting. Buddy went through his usual jumping and running while I prepared his dinner, then he wolfed down his food and I let him out in the back yard.

Two hours later I heard my wife come back and I yelled downstairs, knowing how shifty the beagle is, that she shouldn’t feed him,because I already had. She came upstairs to tell me that she had fed Buddy before she left. So he cadged two dinners from us, acting for all the world as if he were starving awaiting his second meal in two hours.

Buddy is eight years old, tries this all the time, and finally got away with it. He never gives up, figuring he’s going to be successful at some point. Defeats don’t get him down, he doesn’t complain about the rules, and he never bemoans his fate, as far as I can see. Instead, he maintains a steady, sunny, assertive disposition and simply does his best. He doesn’t worry about “hit rates” or being embarrassed by lack of success. He simply keeps doing what he believes will work.

Why can’t everyone in this business be as smart as a beagle?

© Alan Weiss 2012. All rights reserved.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

Comments: 2

  • Tim Wilson

    May 22, 2012


    I’m thinking Buddy is setting you up for an audition of a new show that he’s producing and directing, “Are you smarter than a Beagle?”

  • Dave Gardner

    May 23, 2012

    As a puppy ombudsman, I applaud his success! Bravo, Buddy.

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