We All Need A Vacation

Salutations!

I’M BAAAAACK.

It has been a while to say the least.

I invested some time in what some would call, a spiritual vacation of the mind, body, and soul. In other words, I truly invested some blood, sweat and tears towards creating a happier, truly more peaceful version of myself. While I am still in the works of finding that permanent serenity, this whole peaceful vacation began when my phone broke, which was a blessing in disguise. I took this upon myself to recognize that there was a certain, almost disgustingly addictive, silence and freedom that came from a break from my virtual reality.

I took a break from socializing virtually, and really attempted to find some focus, happiness, stability and consistency within my concrete life. The beautiful part of this decision to part from my social media was that so much beauty came from this spiritual vacation, including a break from constantly needing to be concerned, be worried, or feel a constant pressure from social media. I truly had to a chance to be present and make this time away from technology a great time for myself.

To go on, I did not replace my phone for about three months. I truly took a vacation of my own, however, I was able to invest myself in so many other more meaningful lights that I am almost certain that if I had no gone through with this virtual vacation, things would not have turned out so great for me. This is probably because social media takes up a lot more time and is somewhat utilized as a tool in my life. I learned how unimportant social media was, but also how powerful it still is in our society, through my break from technology. A break from this world was exactly what came to me, whether I was ready to accept it or not.

I focused on REAL self-care, not just a virtual perception of self-care. I engaged in daily cardio, which my soul needed. I began picking up legitimate responsibilities in many facets of my life, and I also focused on truly making attempts to make things, and certain circumstances, better for myself, rather than just accepting mediocre standards of life. I craved more sensibility and found comfort with myself much more, which I found has been difficult, during many times of my life.

I forced myself to make commitments, and while I am still nervous about the idea of commitments to anything, I am making efforts towards attempting to accept commitments.

While so much good has come out of this time away from distractions, many days can often be difficult, tiring and still stressful for me. I have had to put in a lot of hard work, in order to receive my hard work back in many mysterious ways, but I am thankful nonetheless

In contrast to all this good news, I also reconfirmed that I am lactose intolerant. While I will not divulge too much about it now, I will be the first to let you know that making lifestyle changes, such as cutting dairy out of my daily diet, has served as difficult, as well as caused me much discomfort and bloating. I have found my stomach to be much more sensitive than I would like it to be, which has truly forced me to make changes in more ways than one.

I still love coffee, hiking, photography, social media, shopping, my loved ones, and dogs, however, I am very proud of myself and have made some newsworthy growth.

With that said, a rut and a vacation is sometimes all we need to find some god-forsaken happiness.

I still love creating, sharing, and blogging, and am hoping to invest more time and effort to creating some incredible content for this upcoming year!

Good things are coming this year! I hope the same for all.

I hope everyone has an wonderful day!

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

Meyers Homestead Trail | Boulder, Colorado

Greetings!

Another beautiful day in paradise spent exploring the great outdoors, and getting cozy with nature and animals in their natural habitat.
Hiking is one of my all-time favorite ways to exercise, all while spending some time appreciating the Earth, getting some vitamin D, and finding territories that are unknown to me.

It is important to get to know your Earth and appreciate it while it is around.

My newest adventure took me to Meyers Homestead Trail.
I can say definitively that I LOVED this trail, and this will not be the last time my foot prints will cross paths with this beautiful trail.

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The landscape and the scenary was very visibly breathtaking, as I found myself panting for air and for more beauty.

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I came across from lovely friends in their natural habitat, and I had the opportunity to get up close and personal with these lovely fellows. 
We can call this an insect-ual relationship.

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All natural adventures are one of the most therapeutic ways for me to alleviate my anxiety and my stress, as well as my general well-being.

You can come across so much, if only you just stop on the side of the road, find a trail, and take it to the end.
Summer is coming to a close, but hiking season will never be over.
However, hiking will forever always be one of my favorite Summertime activities.
Any excuse to spend time outside, because the indoors are so bland and much less breathtaking.

What are some of your favorite hikes?

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

The Doggy Day Care Chronicles

For those who may not know, I currently am employed for a doggy day care that was founded in Boulder, Colorado, named Camp Bow Wow. We are a nationwide corporation, with locations all around the United States, and one location in Canada.

Camp Bow Wow Boulder is the most successful of the branches, bringing in over 100 dogs a day for daycare service alone.

This venture of mine to work in the doggy day care industry has become on of my biggest blessings, and sometimes curses, as the job has allowed me to get in touch with my more vulnerable side and to get back in touch with my animal fanatic side.
Since I have begun this job, my love and my appreciation for animals, specifically dogs, has grown into a new-found obsession and addiction, as I cannot ever walk past a dog and not pet it.

Every dog has a story, and I have met over 500 dogs in and around the Boulder County area. I feel that it is my job to learn and discover their story. Beyond this, it is my job to learn to appreciate, love, and cherish their story, their existence, and everything they bring to this world.

I have found that with the love of the dogs that I have been able to let go of an immense amount of pain, anger, shame, and resentment, and have learned the importance and the impact that love, joy, and vulnerability can have on an individual.
I have found more reasons to open up to life and give it another chance, even though I feel like life may have done me dirty.

This week, at work, I found myself at peace, even though I found myself frustrated during different parts of the week.
The dogs that were present at Camp Bow Wow Boulder this last week consisted of a very ecclectic group of dogs, none of which were my three absolute loves, Auggie (August West), Nordy Knapp, or Piper Huber. However, the greatest thing about this job is the opportunity you have to meet and form relationships with the assortment of the 100+ dogs that attend Camp Bow Wow, either regularly or irregularly.
When my favorites are not in attendance, I do feel some sort of sadness and longing of their presence, however, it is a great opportunity to place my focus on the other amazing dogs, that while I do love so dearly, but may not be in my “Top 5 Favorite Dogs” list.
It is not that the other dogs are not just as wonderful, hilarious, and comforting to be around, it is just that every person naturally forms incredible, unique bonds with certain dogs that just simply cannot be explained.

These days that I find myself branching out of my normal routine and friend group are some of the most exciting and most rewarding days, as dogs that may usually fade into the background of your dog yard become your focus of the dog yard.
Not to mention, I use these days to strengthen bonds with dogs that I feel a good friendship with and to also use my unbiased attention to give dogs that may seem anxious, tense, nervous, or even isolated from the other dogs, extra love.
It is no fun to ever see a dog experiencing a panic attack, or even being overwhelmed by the loud, crazy, and unpredictable environment of doggy day care.
It is incredibly rewarding and fufilling to be able to calm a dog down, just by not-so-simply petting the dog and going out of your way to use various techniques to give this dog extra love, extra attention, and extra care.
And, even if it does not seem like your presence and your love is helping them – trust me, it is. Every single pet, every single attentive action, etc. counts! It may sometimes take weeks, months, or years to truly see a dog come into their own at our doggy day care, but it is incredible to witness and to experience a dog finally learning to feel completely comfortable and in their element at doggy daycare.
The last thing you want is to watch and to have to experience a dog literally being tortured by their attendance at doggy daycare, as our daycare promotes being a place “where a dog can be a dog.”
It feels good to know that your presence made a difference in that dog, and they will never forget it, even if you do.

This week, I made a handful of new friends, strengthened some bonds, and went out of my way to bring comfort to those dogs that truly needed it.
I truly refocused my perspective on attempting to give back to my job, as much as they have given back to me, including my coworkers and my team, my dogs, and the pet parents.
This week, I focused on truly working on being selfless, taking some risks at work that I thought could be beneficial, attempting to show my passion for the dogs outwardly, and showing a strong work ethic.
It is much easier to explain, or to claim, that I truly enjoy these dogs and kiss the ground that their paws walk on, however, it is much more different to actually go out and execute my actions showing how much I appreciate these animals, my team of coworkers, and the blessing to be able to work with these wonderful creatures.

Hardwork and a certain level of focus and positivity can truly become a gamechanger, as all these unnecessary complaints and negativity that used to flood your brain, no longer truly present themselves in your thoughts.
Hard work does not come easy, otherwise it would not be called hardwork. I am not going to say that every morning I woke up this week that I was ECSTATIC at the thought of going into a long 9-hour day at work, however, I do know that pushing yourself beyond mediocre pays off much quicker than you know.
Hardwork is fufilling for all parties involved, but mostly importantly, working hard is very fufilling for me and one of my many ways that I am able to feel good about myself.

This last week would not have been possible without my amazing team of coworkers, either, who continuously go out of their way to talk to me, offer me advice, give me rides to work so I don’t have to waste money Ubering, buy me food for lunch, leave me leftovers, and do me so many favors.
For me to take full credit for my hardwork would be completely selfish, as my coworkers are truly a different kind of breed of awesome.
I have found that each and every member of the team is truly amazing, truly patient, truly hardworking, truly unique, and truly selfless. I did not just find this out now – obviously, however, working with such a team, that despite their own problems, worries, etc., go out of their way to assist me in being successful and alleviate some of the burdens I face, is truly humbling and truly inspiring.
Our doggy daycare job may seem like such a FUN & EASY job, however, there is so much more to it. In fact, this is one of the most difficult jobs that I have ever had, as it constantly keep me on my feet and I always find ways that I can improve, or do better at my job.
This job is truly unpredictable – the only predictable factors of this job is that daily we intake over 100 dogs and our hours of operation. Every other factor is completely unpredictable, as we can never anticipate or predict how many dog fights will occur, if a dog fight will occur, if another dog will get hurt, if a parent will be upset with our services, if a parent will catch one of us taking care of their dog in a way they do not like when they are watching our lives cams, or if a dog will be in a good mood, or a bad mood.
Not to mention, this job is completely overstimulating, and over the sound of the 100+ dogs barking in unison, or sometimes in your ear, and over the sound of our music that is usually specifically chosen in order to calm the dogs down, one can barely hear their coworker standing less than five feet from them.
With dogs running, napping, tanning, walking, and playing all around your 30+ dog play yard, your eyes are constantly occupied and your attention is completely forced to be on the dogs, keeping them safe, and making sure that the dogs in your yard are not upsetting or hurting other dogs, as well as taking note of certain dogs that may be causing chaos within your dog yard.
Finally, this job is much more dangerous than one would imagine, and while trips to the emergency vet, or even the emergency room, is quite rare, one should always expect to get injured at this job. With dogs flying everywhere, or having to break up dogs fights between small, medium, large, or even extra-large dogs, it is impossible to avoid an injury at this job.
At this point, I am fairly used to get banged around by these dogs, but last Thursday, I faced a semi-serious injury to my left ankle. Even small tasks like sending 30+ dogs into another playyard can result in a serious injury, which was what happened with me, leaving my ankle very bruised, swollen, and cut up. It was very painful and I am still pondering going into urgent care, as my ankle is still in quite a bit of pain.
My injury was as a result of transferring my dogs into another playyard, something which I do very often during my shifts, and I could do in my sleep.
I always stress the importance of the dogs leaving and entering a play yard one-by-one, which may be asking for a lot, but should truly be executed. The dogs did not leave the dog yard one-by-one, instead the entire dog yard managed to practically leave the dog yard and enter my new dog yard all at once. Of course, they happened to be charging at me, and about 5 or 6 dogs just happened to place enough force on my leg, resulting in me slamming my ankle against a metal pole of the play yard.

All injuries, overstimulation, and unpredictability aside, this job is something that I truly hold close to my heart. I found new passions and new obsessions, all of which encompass animals and my appreciation for them.

Below, I have included a gallery of this week’s adventures with my Camp Bow Wow Boulder Campers!
[Experience Camp Bow Wow on a more personal and up-close level – like, no one else has seen it before]

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Look at how cute they are when they are begging for treats!

These dogs have become the foundation of my world. They are very important to me and my love for them is undying.

I’m blessed, stressed, bruised, and confused, but I still love them.
They are my greatest and my most loyal friends.

Hope you enjoyed!

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

Frolicking In Nature

Follow my hike from start to finish visually with the photographs below, that are chronologically organized so that you can experience my hike with me just as I did.
You will never miss a step with this chronological gallery that footprints my hike.

Today, rather than hiking the trail that I normally hike, I hesistantly, yet willingly decided to hike a different trail that I had hiked twice before.
The trail I hiked was named the Royal Arch Trail, which is located within Chautauqua Park in Boulder, Colorado.

It had been a while since I hiked individually.
Since it had been a while since what I consider my last “REAL HIKE,” I decided that if I chose to hike a new trail that it could be exciting and an adventure.
In addition to the exciting element of hiking an unfamiliar trail, I also was aware about the level of difficulty of the hike, which I would consider much more difficult and lengthy than the hike I generally go on.

I fell off the wagon during the Winter, as I found myself making excuses to talk myself out of hiking. The longer that I avoided hiking, the harder it became to start hiking again regularly. Similarly, since I truly enjoy hiking as more than a form of exercise and a hobby, I found myself more anxious and irritable, as a result of my lack of execution.

The Royal Arch trail was about 3 miles long one-way, so the entire hike, both ways, comes out to be a total of around six miles.
Most of the way up to the top was an extreme incline, with very tall rock stairs, making it a very intensive cardio workout. This was exactly what I was looking for!
It was not easy to say the least, but I truly enjoyed it.

Follow me through my hiking excursion below:

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Here are some more moments that I captured with a disposable film camera!

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One hiker that came across me on my way down began conversating with me and proceeded to ask if I was from Boulder, Colorado.
I replied, “Yes, I am born and raised here. I am a native,” in which he responds, “even after all this time in Boulder, you are still doing and still hiking the same trails! That’s incredible!”

I find solitude and happiness at Chautauqua Park, all while being able to get exercise. This is a place that I can always count on to allow me to forget my problems and to be in a state of awe by the beauty that is within and around Chautauqua Park.
Though there is usually a surplus of hikers on the trail, Chautauqua Park is a perfect escape for me to run away, literally and figuratively, from people and continue to nourish and flourish my relationship with Mother Nature.

Within the park, you can find so many hidden gems of beauty tucked within an already beautiful area.
It is hard to believe that something that already is so beautiful contains even more beauty within itself.

You will never be disappointed with the views on any of your hikes at Chautauqua Park, but instead, you may find yourself disappointed that you never proceeded to appreciate all the glory that is Chautauqua Park.

What is your favorite place to find solitude and happiness?

Find your escape within your paradise, so you always have a place to run away from your problems, forget your worries, and clear your head.

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

Campin’ Chronicles | Camp Dick, Colorado

On June 22, 2018, two of my coworkers, plus their dogs, and I made our way up to the mountains, in order to engage in some all natural therapy for several days.
Camping in the Summer is an activity that is supremely popular in Colorado, so we decided to jump on the bangwagon and get campin’.

I have not been camping in a little bit, so this camping trip served as an excellent way to dip my toes back in the water.

As a kid, my parents took my brother and I camping pretty regularly. But, as I grew older, the camping trips became much more of a rare occassion.
Throughout my high school and collegiate careers, I went camping at least once or twice a year, but still it did not compare to the number of camping trips that I went on as a child. Plus, these camping trips tended to get more *wild,* as they were unsupervised, only consisting of a group of high school-aged kids, or college kids, who did everything but be responsible.
Let us just say that those camping trips consisted of a surplus of low-grade vodka, usually Burnetts, UV, or McCormicks, and a bunch of 30-racks of Rolling Rock or Natty Ice.
But, what better place to celebrate being reckless, or engage in underage drinking, than in the wild, with views that extend 360 degrees? Might as well be irresponsible, in nature, where the views are endless and breathtaking. Plus, the sudden rise in elevation guaranteed that at least one person would end up either peeing themselves, “blacked out,” or passed out somewhere in the woods, or in someone’s car.

This camping trip was the first one of the Summer! My friends, their dogs, and myself made our way to Peaceful Valley, Colorado, to a campsite named “Camp Dick.” The campsite was completely full and occupied with eager campers and families.

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Our campsite was located in the middle of Camp Dick, so we had some pretty great views! The campsite was located in a valley that was completely covered in green, lush trees, almost making it seem as if we were in a forest!
While Sunday, June, 24, was a fairly cloudy and rainy day, Friday and Saturday were some of the sunniest and warmest days ever! Even in the middle of the mountains, where the temperatures are supposedly cooler than in Boulder, Colorado, I found myself sweating and complaining about being “too hot,” or “way too warm.”
Camp Dick had a lot more to offer than we even expected, including a beautiful creek, or river, that ran through the entire campsite! Beyond the creek, one could find infinite amounts of trees and forestry until the eye could extend.
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The main source of entertainment, minus spending time in nature, attempting to start a camp fire, and making friends with 5-years-olds, was definitely the dogs that decided to accompany us on our trip!
My coworkers have own of the cutest dogs, or best friends, ever!!
Seeing them in the wild, or in their element outside of doggy day care, was extremely comical and AWESOME.
This weekend solidified my place as reigning godmother to both of these beautiful, eccentric dogs who continue to fill my life with love, happiness, and barking.
Harlee Jo, a red heeler australian cattle dog puppy, is currently five months old, and is one of my favorite playmates ever! She is the definition of a puppy and still does have a lot to learn, however, she is the most fun puppy ever known to man! Not to mention, she is one of the most unique and breathtaking puppies I have ever set eyes on. Harlee is seriously one of the prettiest cattle dogs that I have ever layed eyes on and I am completely obsessed with her. There is never a dull moment with Harlee Jo!
Minnie, a chiwuini, is a little over one-years-old, but do not let her extremely small body fool you! She has the biggest personality ever known to man and a very expressive soul, existence, and face! Minnie resembles a character from a Disney/Pixar movie, and I think that she is so incredibly animated. She is one of the most loving and sassy girls I know!

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How have you been spending your Summer nights? Have you gone camping this summer?

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

Woof, Woof!

Dogs, dogs, dogs…it seems like dogs are the only things I talk about these days! But, in my eyes, better than talking about other people, especially negatively.

My facisnation for these creatures grow, as I continue to immerse my life in dogs to the fullest degree.

Life at Boulder’s Camp Bow Wow has been semi-chaotic, as I often forget that just like every other institution, or business, there are aspects to the job that are completely dysfunctional. Unfortunately, the chaos behind closed doors has begun seeping into the dog yards, creating even more chaos and dysfunction than usual.

The chaos, stress, emotions, anger, frustration, etc., have been picked up by the 130+ dogs that our company takes care of. Dogs are very sensitive creatures and smarter than they appear, and they continue to amaze me, by showing me time-and-time again how sensitive and delicate they are.

As a result of this tension and semi-chaotic time, the dogs, who rely on us humans to provide them love, happiness, and health, are finding themselves lost in the chaos, stress, anxiety, anger, etc., and reacting to our lack of presence, both mentally, physically, and emotionally, in the dog yard, by falling into aggressive, chaotic, and stressed out behaviors, as a result of our mood. Our moods, energy and intentions all carry over into the dog yards, and the dogs are the ones that can sense it the most.

While I take pride in being present and mindful when I am on the clock, I have found myself distracted, stressed, frustrated, and vulnerable in the dog yards, rather than excited, calm, patient, and loving. Instead of leaving the baggage at the door, I have allowed it to affect my work and my job duties, as this job truly requires individuals to be present, to be aware, and to be mindful. Laziness is just not an option in this job!

Many dog fights have occurred, especially more frequently during this time of change and chaos, and a handful of these altercations have occurred in my own dog yards. While many of the fights were easily broken up, with little injuries, I recently experienced a semi-severe dog fight, which resulted in a dog bleeding from the injuries of the dog fight.

These incidents do not feel good, as controlling your dog yards is the main duty that my job requires. Similarly, dogs, just like humans, do not like fighting each other, or getting in altercations. In addition, being apart of a dog fight can truly traumatize a dog, resulting in behavioral changes in even the most friendliest of dogs.

This last week one of my favorite dogs, Nitro, was attacked by a much larger dog, who often struggled with engaging in aggressive behavior at day care. While Lilu, the other dog, is not really a bad or aggressive dog in general, day care for many, if not all these dogs, is extremely stressful. When dogs are thrown into very stressful and very stimulated situations, their reactions truly differ and it is truly difficult to predict when a dog may snap.

Nitro is one of our best dogs (at least, he is in my mind). In addition, Nitro is one of the only dogs that truly loves doggy day care, does not engage in any aggressive behavior, plays extremely well with other dogs, brings an amazing energy to day care, and gets along with a variety of dogs. He is one of the sweetest dogs to both humans and to dogs! Nitro is just one of those dogs that you WANT in your dog yard, as he does not do any wrong. This dog fight came from nowhere, and left Nitro very shaken, as I was informed that post-fight he was shaking.
The day after the dog fight, Nitro attended daycare, and while I did notice some very subtle behavioral changes, I did not think much of it. As the day began to progress and the dog yards slowly began to grow in number, I slowly began witnessing Nitro engaging in protective and semi-aggressive behavior when other dogs got too close to him, or acted too abruptly around him. Nitro never barked at other dogs and Nitro also never isolated himself from the other dogs in the dog yard. All these small behavioral changes became more exasperated with the growing number of dogs in my dog yard. These behavioral changes are reactions that Nitro naturally developed after experiencing a traumatic event with another dog, and it was made very clear to me that Nitro seriously needed some love on Friday and some extra attention. A dog that was once carefree, worry-free, so friendly, and full of love, fun, and charismatic energy now has become a guarded, full of worries, and is now very easily triggered by other dogs that may get too close to him, or behave in any ways that he associates with the dog fight. I almost did not recognize the dog that was in my dog yard on Friday, as it was very evident that this dog fight truly took a toll on him.

These last few shifts at work have truly been eye-opening for me, as I truly realize the damage that can unfold before my eyes if I am not present, in a good mindset, and ready to love all 130+ dogs that I am responsible of taking care of. My bad attitude, my lack of patience, my inability to bring a good energy into the yards, and my ability to show compassion, love, etc., puts the lives, as well as the livelihood of these precious dogs, in jeopardy, which is not what my job duties ask me to do. Similarly, it is extremely important that when I am in one of our six dog yards that I continue to utilize my knowledge of the dogs in my dog yard, and the dogs in the other dog yards, to make calculated and smart decisions about trading dogs from other dog yards, knowing when to put a dog in time-out, etc., in order to keep my dog yard calm, cool, collected, happy, and healthy.

One aspect about this job that I often forget is the general importance of truly getting to know all the dogs that come into our daycare. I definitely know about 400+ dogs in around the Boulder County area, however, I have formed strong relationships with only about a quarter of the dogs that attend our daycare. While I may have general knowledge about the other dogs, I have yet to form a true relationship, based on trust, time spent together, and comfortability, with every single dog that attends our daycare. I would idealistically love to have a strong, unique, and inpenetrable relationship with every single dog that has ever attended Camp Bow Wow Boulder EVER. That would be incredible!

While I am still working on getting to know every single four-legged freak, the number of strong, unique bonds with the dogs of Camp Bow Wow Boulder has only increased with every month that I continue to work there. Sometimes, you do not even realize how excited some dogs get to see you. Sometimes, you may even wonder why a dog even gets that excited to see you, because you did not think, or even recall, becoming friends with particular dogs.

These last few shifts I have also found myself spending an excessive amount of time with the smaller dogs that attend our doggy day care. While the majority of my time spent at work I am interacting and taking care of the needs of the bigger dogs, I have found myself spending more time with them than usual, both because I did not have a choice and because I wanted to. Many of the big dogs that attend daycare are there for reasons, such as to be socialized, to get exercise, or to have an outlet to get their energy out. The small dogs that attend daycare are generally there to be coddled, loved, and spoiled, as many of the smaller dogs are definitively companion dogs that are meant to be cuddled with. It is important to spend time with these dogs, as I find that loving them, showing them affection, and suffocating them with love is extremely therapeutic. Instead of spending time worrying about whether or not a dog is going to end up hurting another dog, or if two dogs are playing too aggressively, you are able to focus completely on giving love and affection with the small dogs. While the small dog yard can be extremely overwhelming, with 30+ dogs trying to climb into your lap to receive love, attention, and pets, these dogs are some of the easiest dogs to make connections with. I am so estatic about my new relationships and friendships with some of these smaller dogs, and genuinely enjoy spending time in the small dog yard, as the small dogs love to give and receive love, creating a loving and caring energy that continues to encompass the small dogs. Their needs are quite simple and you could end up with multiple companions just after 10 minutes of hanging around the small dog yard. While many people do not enjoy the company of small dogs, their existence and their company is so important and vital to this world. You can never ignore small dogs, because they exist and they will bark at you until you willingly, or unwillingly, acknowledge their presence. Their huge personalities and their loud barks make up for their small bodies!

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Despite the chaos that is occuring outside of the dog yards, the dogs continue to remind me that they may just very well be the only good things left in this world. The other day I found myself gazing into the eyes of a dog, reaffirming how special they were and that they were the only “good” left in this universe.
While I cannot say the same for human beings, I know for a fact that I never have to doubt a dog, as I have found myself struggling to be patient with some individuals in my life. In addition, while human beings lack consistency with their behavior, emotions, personality, and life, dogs are the definition of consistent and continue to restore faith in me that though human beings are far from consistent that they are not ALL BAD. I crave the consistency that dogs display in my life, in fact, consistency is something that every human beings deserves to experience at least once in their lives. Beyond this, the dogs have inspired me to display more consistency within my life and have learned to begin teaching me how important and beneficial consistency is! I have always been an inconsistent person, and while I am still far from perfect, I have learned that dogs, as well as people and myself, enjoy consistency, as consistency makes it easier for people, dogs, and yourself to trust yourself, for people, dogs, and yourself, to rely on yourself, and for people, dogs, and yourself to enjoy your presence and love your presence. Similarly, consistency is a quality that can bring one lots of happiness, love, and success.

These dogs consistency remind me to smile often and that you should always be proud to show off your tongue! Suns out, tongues out!

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We all have flaws, or bad weeks, or bad days, or bad moods, or bad SOMETHINGS, and this is okay and simply only naturally. Humans were created to be flawed and to make mistakes. These mistakes, or flaws, that we exhibit while only natural, are the things that create chaos, unhappiness, and inconsistency within our behavior, and we should try to help ourselves out as much as possible. I strive to grow, expand, and learn every day in life, even when things are embarrassing, difficult, tough, stressful, smooth, good, or bad. There are always things that I can improve on, in order to be the best possible version of myself and live my best life. Working on things, recognizing things, becoming aware of things, learning to navigate through your flaws, and legitimately working on these flaws, behaviors, etc. that are ugly, is much easier said than done. Learn to be patient with your personal growth and realize that NO ONE, including your idol or the prettiest girl that you know, is perfect, or even close to being perfect.

Understand that even though you may actively be engaging in self-growth and improving yourself that not every day is going to bring the results that you may be hoping for, and that even in these moments, you can very well find yourself engaging in these flawed behaviors, or you may find yourself frustrated that these changes that you have made may not have produced results that are particularly noticeable, or even produced results that you are proud of.

Be kind, expect little, but reward often!

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

 

Take Me Out To The Ball Game ⚾️

On the last Wednesday of May, I found myself at Coors Field Stadium in Denver, Colorado, to attend a Rockies’ game.

I would not call myself the biggest baseball fan, but baseball games are great. It is a guaranteed good time, and not to mention, the tickets were only $8.

My favorite part of baseball is the culture, specifically the food and the beer. How American of me, right,

Baseball games have been the greatest American pastime for many years now, and the culture is half the reason it has preserved.

I continued to preserve the great tradition, indulging in an overpriced hot dog and overpriced beer.

Oh, but I did not stop there…

My earliest memories at baseball games involved dip’n dots. I LOVE DIP’N DOTS, and honestly, the dip ‘n dots are 99% of the reason that I made an appearance at the baseball game. I finally got my fix, after being clean of dip’n dots for at least seven years.

While I could not tell you who won the game, I can say that I had a great time, with even better company.

I was taken out to the ball game and taken out to the crowd. I did not buy any peanuts or pepper jacks. I did root, root, root for the Rockies, because if they did not win it would have been a shame.

What is your favorite American pastime?

xo,

Aichan Tewahade