The odds were against Stump, the ten-year-old Sussex Spaniel, who won the 133rd annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show. AGAINST the ODDS:For one thing STUMP is OLD, a senior in dog years – 10. He re-emerged from retirement after taking a 5 year hiatus from the show ring (Stump won the sporting group in Westminster in 2004). No purpose, no energy, no p’zazz. Poor Stump, a champion at heart, went a wastin’. He spent 19 long, sad days in a pet hospital. Once recovered, Stump hung tight with his handler, Scott Sommer, living the dog’s life! STUMP LONGS FOR THE GREEN CARPET: Five days before this show, Sommer took Stump for one last walk on the green carpet at the Garden. And WOWZER! The old Stump returned, strutting and panting with style. Ears a floppin’. Walking like a champion, happy energy soaring. And, as they say, the rest is DOGstory!Vegas odds expert John Avello, who compiled odds for this year’s Westminster show, gave Stump, the Sussex spaniel odds of 275-to-1 to win it all. Stump proved that attitude reigns supreme. Age is merely a number. And if your ears are floppy and cute enough, you’re a winner no matter.LIFE LESSONS LEARNED FROM A DOG:
If Stump can, YOU CAN! (Not win the Westminster; but WIN!!!)
Take REALITY and toss it out the window. Odds – shmodds!
Are you stressed? Irritable? Having trouble sleeping?
Do you feel like screaming? Crying? Eating??? You are NOT alone!
In these stressful times, it’s essential to have an arsenal of coping mechanisms at hand – other than food. I mean, really, is there any point in heading to the fridge? Nothing recession proof in there!
So hang in … Our Lady of Weight Loss has TEN CHEAP n’ EASY THNGS YOU CAN DO TO BUST YOUR RECESSION STRESS that she’d like to share with you. And they’re pretty much free, with the exception of Vitamin C, which is pretty cheap.
Breathe. No kidding, take in a few deep cleansing breaths and slow down.
Change your routine. If you’ve been sitting all day thinking, get up and get physical. Take a walk, stretch. And, if you’ve been lifting heavy boxes from sunrise to sunset, sit down and think deep thoughts.
Keep things in perspective. Practice the ‘this too shall pass’ mantra.
Smile and laugh a lot. Every chance you get.
Prioritize. Concentrate on one task at a time. Multi-tasking can be nerve-wracking.
Don’t put off what can be done today. Get those unpleasant tasks out of the way as soon as possible.
Call a friend. Talk it through. Vent. (I use ‘The Five People Plan.’ When stressed or upset, I tell five people about it. By the time I get to the fifth person, I’m so over it and really tired of hearing myself!)
Add Vitamin C to your diet. Studies show that Vitamin C knocks out the secretion of stress hormones.
Do something creative! Relieve some tension by using your imagination. Garden, read, sing, dance, paint, draw, play an instrument, make macaroni art – anything you can think of that takes you away from the stress and opens your mind to the possibilities.
"Janice Taylor is a 'kooky genius'" ~ O, The Oprah Magazine
Janice Taylor is a Weight Loss Coach and Certified Hypnotist, author, artist and motivational speaker. She is the author of Our Lady of Weight Loss: Miraculous and Motivational Musings from the Patron Saint of Permanent Fat Removal and All Is Forgiven, Move On: Our Lady of Weight Loss's 101 Fat-Burning Steps on Your Journey to Sveltesville (publication date May 15, 2008). Janice is also the creator of the popular e-newsletter Kick in the Tush Club and a 50-pound big-time-loser.