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Dogs Make Life Better Dog Centric Social Enterprise Almost Nonprofit

Why a people and dog centric social enterprise almost nonprofit?

Touching and Sensitivity Training
Touching and Sensitivity Training

I believe what I call the human / dog experience is the most important purpose dogs serve in a modern society. The human / dog experience includes people who do not personally have a dog. It even includes people who don’t like dogs. While the Human / dog experience is all inclusive it does place the greatest responsibility on dog enthusiasts and dog owners. People who love dogs are an important part of society, on many levels.

There is some discussion as to how much the dog has contributed to the advancement of culture in the early days of civilization. It could be that we owe dogs more than a passing thank you.

I have been thinking about what motivates me and I have realized a common theme. That theme seems to be helping, mainly helping people. The desire to help people may simply be pragmatic. Although if you delve deeper you will find there is more to it than just helping people. I don’t necessarily want to be a rescuer or an enabler, but I do want to help.

All types of people keep dogs. People who have dogs range from overbearing dominant personalities to very sensitive and caring people. What we need to do is accept who we are as individuals, and dogs can help with this. Once we accept who we are as individuals we need to accept who others are. Again we can learn many important lessons from our dogs. Accepting ourselves and others will make us happier and more loving. “To understand dogs is to understand life.”

Today I want to talk a little about a large group of people who have dogs. They are the ones who feel the social pressures of society more severely than more outgoing and gregarious personalities.

Many people who are drawn to the companionship of dogs are very sensitive. Often sensitive people find dogs more comforting than interacting with the diverse personalities we come across when dealing with other people.

There are some interesting reasons for this that I won’t dwell on here.

I tend to be on the sensitive side. So I know some of the struggles sensitive people go through. However, we can’t give up on struggling through the social landscape of humanity. We can use dogs as a model for what we find most noble in social interactions. We can rely on our dogs to take the sting out of social interactions. But we can’t abandon our fellow humans.

Sensitive people have a gift that more pragmatic people don’t always posses. As a sensitive person you need to accept who you are and contribute to the overall good. This is hard to do if you are hiding alone in contemplation. Dogs should serve as a catalyst to elevate the individual to rise above the adversities of life. Dogs not only make life better, they should also make us better as people too. This is the foundation of my book Best Friend Learning Together. It will also be the foundation of the social enterprise – not quite a nonprofit I am starting.

Today’s post was inspired by a couple conversations I had today on Google plus.

Wishing you the very best in dogs and in life,
Andrew Ledford
Dog training website


My Aquaponics Nonprofit Social Enterprise Project

I am interested in comparative religion made popular by Joseph Campbell. Her I am learning about more about the philosophy of Confucianism at the Confucian temple
I am interested in comparative religion made popular by Joseph Campbell. Here I am learning more about the philosophy of Confucianism at the Confucian temple

Yesterday I had a meeting with the owner of the location where I thought I would develop the aquaponics project. The idea was to use the aquaponics as a foundation project for a nonprofit or a social enterprise. It’s now looking like this deal is not going to work out. I would say there is probably a 35 percent chance it will go through as I had planned. There are still parts of the plan that may work out, but it will be a very different operation.

I had hoped to use the facility to build aquaponics systems and also to do helpjul videos and Google hangouts. As I see it Google hangouts will be an important part of the whole concept. The third important part of this project was to use the location for a small food bank. I thought they would all work well together. We never even got around to talking about the food bank part of the operation.

Yesterday I spend a considerable amount of time thinking about what I need to do. You will notice the blog post for yesterday was a little on the sparse side. My mental energies were preoccupied chewing through and digesting the reality of how hard it’s going to be to start this project. I realized that I just don’t have the financial resources for the project as I envisioned it.

All is not lost.
One of the solutions I came up with was to get rid of my furniture and my TV to have room to do Google hangouts in my living room. I am also going to scale back on the aquaponics project from 400 to 1500 square feet to about 12 square feet. While I won’t be able to grow as much food, I will be able to design system to help others grow food. Eatable fish production is going to be put on hold.

Another part of the project I will need to put off for a while will be the food bank. But I am beginning to form a plan where I may be able to do even this, although on a very reduced scale.

There is an immediate donations that will help make my furniture free living room transition a bit easier. I need two or three small plastic storage sheds. Two of these will be used to store equipment I need for work and at least my old VCR. I keep my most often used dog training equipment and supplies within easy access, in the living room. The third shed will be used to secure some of the aquaponics equipment. I can also use other donations if you feel they are appropriate.

I am wishing you the very best in life,
Andrew Ledford
Dog training website