Old Dogs and New Tricks

Old Dogs and New Tricks

Old Dogs and New Tricks

It has been said that you “can’t teach old dogs new tricks.”  From personal experience, I know this saying is not true!  Here are two stories about old dogs and new tricks!

My trusty sidekick and fur baby is named Sid Vicious.  He’s the dog with the crazy eyes in the top photo.  When he was around 11 years old, his soulmate ran into our garage.  According to my neighbors, she was thrown out of a moving car in our neighborhood.  She was immediately adopted into our family.

It was love at first sight.  Sid had found his Nancy Spungen ( look it up, kids).  Her spunkiness brought new life into Sid and taught him new tricks.

Nancy taught him to attack the great yellow monster known as the Dyson vacuum.  She taught him how to dance in circles and scratch his back while rolling on the floor.  She taught him to attack the evil boxes from Amazon that constantly ring our doorbell.  These new tricks have kept my 13-year-old Sid young at heart.

Now, here’s the second old dog story I promised you.   This old dog is named Daylene.

Almost 20 years ago, I was so close to earning my Masters in Child Development that I could taste it. But, life decided to throw a monkey wrench into my academic plans. My mom suffered an embolism in her leg after her knee replacement and required three emergency bypass surgeries. Soon after, my dad had a stroke. We then decided to move back home so I could be closer to mom and dad.

Things calmed down and I arranged to finish my Master’s project out of state. Then…life said nope and I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure at 40.

It has taken me 13 years to decide to go back and get my Masters. It’s very scary to think about completely starting over at 53, but I’m going to do it! I have enrolled in the online Masters of Education program at The University of Phoenix. My degree will specialize in online and adult education, which is what I currently do through the training I have developed over the years at The Perpetual Preschool.

The moral of this story is never give up on your dreams and it’s never too late for old dogs and new tricks! Woot…..Woot……Woof!

Daylene

Old Dogs and New Tricks

 

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