I recently attended the Krewe of Barkus in McKinney, Texas which is a Mardi Gras for the pet population. The downtown square was blocked off and there were booths, obedience demonstrations, a pet parade, and hundreds of dogs of all sizes. The floats and pet/owner costumes were hilarious,Elvis, Mae West, Clark Gable were present. There was a dachshund dressed like a hot dog, a greyhound adorned as a greyhound bus, and a bichon dressed as a Gucci bag! I walked in the pet parade with my silver buff Cocker Spaniel puppy, Gabe, whom I carried as he was slightly overwhelmed and not sure what to do. We were dressed in the festive Mardi Gras colors of gold, green, and purple.
Well, I didn't want my sweet, gorgeous puppy to be called a loser so I said, "No, he didn't lose." The little boy then said, "Then he won?" And I said, "No, he didn't win either." The boy looked confused as he could only understand winner or loser. And I was having difficulty explaining that Gabe tried and enjoyed the day's event so that was enough.
It's not an either/or in my opinion. Let's focus, and teach our children'to focus on the enjoyment of the process, not just the end result.
Copyright 2017, Sharon Scott.