Guest Writer – Captain Jack

Hello. My name is Captain Jack and I’m the terribly charming, witty, and intelligent pal of my human, Dan. I’ve been observing human behavior and have come to the conclusion that you all can learn a lot from dogs. Especially me. You see, I’m a Jack Russell and we are unquestionably the smartest dogs on the planet. Because it’s Super Bowl week, Dan has asked me to fill in. It’s your lucky week…

The biggest difference between you humans and we dogs can be summed up with one simple concept. An open gate.

You see we dogs always are ready to breach the open gate. That’s why our olfactory senses (Yes, I’m a well read dog with a wicked vocabulary. Keep up.) are so keen. We can actually smell opportunity. One whiff of adventure and an open invitation doesn’t need a second ask. We bolt by the open gate into the world quicker than Percy Harvin on a kickoff return for the Seahawks. Even an electric fence won’t keep me in. Heck, the pain isn’t ever fatal and goes away quickly. The adventure lives on.

Humans can’t smell opportunity as well as we can. It’s usually due to one of two things – too much wheat clogging their noses or fear. Most often, it’s the latter. Fear of failure; fear of rejection; fear of pain; fear of looking foolish; fear of repercussions. I think you get my point. Humans often walk up to gate, peer out at the open world, over think the situation, and ultimately lose the opportunity or allow someone else to grab it.

We only come around this way once. Dogs get it and we take advantage of it. Open gates don’t hold us. We are what we call in the dog world, “unleashed.” Is there a gate holding you back? Maybe it’s even an invisible gate. Whatever it is, you have my permission to unshackle yourself and become unleashed yourself. There’s an open gate sitting there waiting for you.


© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote –

“If you were waiting for the opportune moment…that was it.”

~ Captain Jack Sparrow to Will Turner in “The Curse of the Black Pearl”



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