Time To Say Goodbye

The Pandemic Changed Everything

Louie and I usually take a break for the summer, but we’ve had enough of a break thanks to COVID19. We’re actually ramping up for something new and exciting. We will no longer be publishing our leadership blog and will share more about our new direction by mid-summer,

Louie continues to provide lessons I could never imagine and material that will continue to fill books and children’s dreams.

And if you have a child-like heart, be sure to stay tuned for more news. 💕🐾😉

Thank you for following us over the years. Have a safe and healthy summer and many blessings to you all!

Danise and Louie

When The World Was Silent

We’ve Still Have Much to Learn!

We’ve slowed down a bit, we’ve adjusted, and we’re now trying to ramp back up. But what have we learned during this time? Louie longingly remembers a few good things about the pandemic and has some advice to share going forward.

To Read Louie’s Advice CLICK HERE

Thanks, and stay healthy!

The Louie Crew

Back To Normal? No, Thank You!

Living through Covid-19 and all the talk about getting back to normal reminded me of a time not so long ago. In December of 2016, I experienced a terrible fall on ice, which resulted in a fractured hip and femur. Louie was as traumatized as I was, through the journey of falling and consequent surgery. He had to adjust to my being gone for two weeks; friends coming and going, walking and feeding him, playing with him; all while he constantly watched the door with the hope I would walk through it any minute.

Once I was home, he learned to trust my erratic movements with a cane and settled back into some interesting habits: growling at people who come to my door (even his dog walkers) and jumping on the couch to sit directly across from me (better to watch me, he said).

One evening, a friend came by to take Louie for a walk. After they finished and she came in to sit with me for a while, he ran through the house, checked on me, and then ran upstairs, where he ran the length of the hallway several times. Then, I heard a big commotion, and from where I was sitting, I could tell what that little rascal was doing. He was getting into my clothes basket in my bathroom and taking all the clothes out of it, having no consideration whatsoever for the amount of time it took me to get the clothes into that basket.

But this was not surprising. When it took all my energy to walk from the living room to the kitchen, disciplining a dog was not high on my list, especially since we’ve been through this before. The pressure was off of Louie to behave well—and when the pressure is off, he reverts back to his old habits.

That is so like us. When the pressure is off, we revert to our old behaviors. I reflected on what this meant after that fall and getting “back to normal.” When I was able to drive, I finally had a sense of life getting back to normal. Getting off medication, walking better, and looking forward to some normalcy were great goals for recovery. But did I really want normalcy to be my goal? After my fall, I was clear I did not want to go backward. And coming out of this pandemic, I challenge each of us to do life differently.

Let’s be intentional (keeping the pressure on) about breaking past the norm to live a well-meaning life by doing the following:

  1. If we’ve learned nothing else since COVID-19 came on the scene, we all know now—relationships matter! Take a look at your activities, objects, and where you spend time. See what can be pruned and devote precious time to those who matter.
  2. Be kind in thought, word, and deed, whether people deserve it or not. I don’t mean just merely being nice (and sometimes superficial and phony) but be authentic and loving—speak truth in love and show those who differ from us, or have differing viewpoints, compassion that only comes from being a loving person.
  3. Take time to listen in order to learn from others and value them—people matter!
  4. Be still and have plenty of margin in our lives.
  5. Laugh more. Love intently.

Be intentional about breaking past the norm. Life is too short and too easily interrupted for us to stay stuck in the status quo. And you are never too old to take that first step to crash through the “same ol’, same ol’.”

As for Louie, we will always have work to do. I suppose being intentionally kind will be continual with little Louie DiStasi!

 

danise@di-advisors.com

 

Rules of Engagement

A friend of mine came to visit over the holidays. Before the visit, I gave her a long list of rules prior to engaging with Louie, my rescue dog. For the six years since I’ve adopted Louie, his behavior at the door when guests enter my home has been less than stellar, making it a bit tough to entertain. I’ve tried everything to work through this behavior.

Did the list work? CLICK HERE to read more…

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It’s Here! Our BIG News!

Happy Valentine’s Day

So what’s the BIG news?

You spoke, and because we love you, we listened. You asked us to write a version of Love Like Louie for younger children. And we did!

Introducing Louie’s Little Legs; The Magic of Kindness, a story about love and kindness, based on Louie, whose little legs take him to fun places. While frolicking in the meadow, Louie runs into a cat he despises. His pal Stitchy helps Louie understand how to treat others with kindness and not to ignore them or run away. And Louie learns the magical secret to being kind.

CLICK HERE for a fun preview of the beautifully designed cover, details about the story, and a chance to preorder the book through our Kickstarter Campaign, Help fund the professional illustration of Louie’s Little Legs and the many ways you can help our children’s book become a reality.

Louie is excited to partner with you and help children learn how to love others

 

How Are Your Resolutions Working?

Have you given up on your resolutions yet? Many of us have. And why is that? Well, Louie and I learned the hard way and we may have the answer you’re looking for.

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Contact us to have us speak at your event. Louie is available to attend as well.

Holiday Relationship Help!

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We love the holidays with all the celebrations between Thanksgiving and New Years! But have you noticed that one little relationship that just gets on your nerves? Why? Could it be…well, I won’t ruin the fun. I’ll let Louie share a little tip on how to improve relationships!
READ MORE…
We hope you have a very blessed Hanukkah and a Merry Christmas!

Do You Adjust To Poor Behavior?

Recently, I watched a neighbor drive her car to an empty parking lot in our condo complex. She parked, then proceeded to get her dog out of the passenger side and walk around the grassy area right next to the parking lot. She strolled with the dog for quite a while until the dog did its business, and they got back in the car and drove to her condo.

I thought this was very strange behavior. After all, the woman lives in this same complex. She has a grassy area right across the street from her home—and yet she drives the dog over to another area because, apparently, this is the only place the dog will go.

I looked at Louie and shook my head. “It’s a good thing you don’t do that . . . anymore, that is,” I said as we continued our walk. This strange behavior reminded me of our training sessions at the Queen City Dog Training Club.

Don’t Adjust to Your Dog

During one particular session, the instructor had us give several commands to our dogs while walking around the ring, and she observed how timely the dog responded. We walked quickly and then stopped; our dog stopped and sat next to us. Louie would stop and sit, but always at a 45-degree angle and looking up at me. He seemed to want to see my face. Because I knew he was supposed to be right at my side, I slowly stepped closer to him to achieve the goal.

“Don’t adjust to your dog,” came the command from our instructor; it was directed toward me. I looked at Louie and said, “Pay attention, Lou. You’re going to get us in trouble.”

Once again, we were told to walk around the ring and were given the command to stop and have our dogs sit next to us. Lou sat at an angle again, but this time I looked at him and then the instructor. She looked at me and said, “Don’t adjust to him. Scoot his bottom toward you.”

And so I did, muttering under my breath, “Why are you doing this?” He looked at me as though asking, “What did I do?”

After repeating this routine several times, I was ready to give up. Finally, Louie understood and sat perfectly still right next to me. Our training session was over—but the lesson was not. The words “don’t adjust to your dog” echoed in my mind for some time.

What was wrong with adjusting to my dog? After all, it was just one step toward him. It was hardly noticeable; and in the end, we achieved what we wanted to achieve—our dogs sitting right next to us. Then it dawned on me—when I moved toward him, I was adjusting to poor performance. And I let him know that the poor performance was okay, even celebrated, if I patted him on the head.

The Problem with Adjusting

Being flexible is very important as a leader, as is the importance of clarity in communicating our expectations. But adjusting to poor performance or behavior is a different matter. Sometimes we adjust because we are tired of keeping the standards at the level they need to be. Many times we simply give up and take whatever we can get.

Have you ever walked into your garage and immediately noticed the pungent smell of garbage? If you stayed in the garage long enough, you would adjust to the smell and eventually no longer notice it. That is until someone else walks in and points it out.

While not accommodating poor performance is very important for leaders, it is also true personally. So many times in society, we make adjustments to fit in or accept something that is wrong because we don’t want to appear politically incorrect.

The next time you have to make a tough choice, do the right thing. Truth and integrity are what counts, not the number of likes. It is not worth adjusting to your “dog”—even if that dog is one cute pup looking up at you with big brown eyes saying, “Did I do good, Mom? Huh? Did I? I know I did, right?”

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We are thankful for the many Louie Lovers who follow us and support our movement to be a more loving community. Thank You!
We hope you have a very blessed Thanksgiving!

 

 

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Time To Give Some Love Away!
Now is the perfect time to Unleash Love! Our book, Love Like Louie, will be on sale beginning Black Friday through Cyber Monday. We’re offering 25% off the book using the code LOVE25 at check out.
Purchase Love Like Louie, for your child or group of children, and help them start a book club. Adults and older children love the book as well, and there are discussion questions included to get the conversation started.
Louie and I would LOVE to speak to your book club about the story and the lessons learned 🐶
For more information on how to schedule a session with us, please email me at danise@di-advisors.com #lovelikelouie #kidsbookclub

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Louie is impersonating his hero, Mister Rogers!
One of Louie’s most significant role models and inspirations is Mister Rogers. His message of loving your neighbor, as well as anyone you meet, was groundbreaking for his time, and still rings true today.
The movie depicting Mister. Rogers’ life, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” premiered on November 22, 2019.
We’re working hard to continue Fred Rogers’ message of being kind to others and having empathy. We’ve started a nonprofit called Unleash Love, whose mission is to eradicate bullying and disrespect by helping children and adults know and share genuine love; to understand how to be loving people; and learn to treat others with patience, kindness, and not as objects to be ignored and disregarded.
Are you interested in joining the movement? Follow us on Facebook or Instagram or send us an email, info@louieloves.com.

Does Your Team Have The Same Goals As You?

I’ve noticed lately I no longer enjoy my walks with my rescue pup, Louie. It saddens me to share that publicly, but it is the truth—a truth I had to take time to explore and understand.

I love to walk because I enjoy the outdoors and because it’s an excellent way for me to exercise. I also enjoy seeing my neighbors and getting a chance to catch up with them.

But apparently, Louie takes walks for a different reason.

Click the link below to read more…

 

Does Your Team Have the Same Goals as You?

Love Like Louie Book Clubs…
Has your child and their friends read Love Like Louie, or are a group of you interested in reading the book together?

Louie and I would LOVE to speak to your little book club about the book and the lessons learned 🐶

For more information on how to schedule a session with Louie and Danise, email us at danise@di-advisors.com #lovelikelouie #kidsbookclub

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