Your Pets Will Teach If You Will Learn!

Real Estate Agent with Bucci Realty, Inc. BK3064647
I wonder if many of us fail to take the time to learn the lessons our pets teach us.   Just over the past week or so I have been thinking about all the nuggets that my Boston Terrier Diesel has taught me over the past ten or so years.

First lesson early on was persist and you will get noticed.  When Diesel was just a young pup he wasn't one of those dogs that required extensive training about going outside to take care of business.  No, he was a fast learner and found that if he went and sat by the front door someone would notice - eventually!

This lesson applies to my real estate business through the past fifteen years.  It is my blogging, networking and going the extra mile for customers.  It took a while but done long enough you do get noticed.

Diesel loved to walk every day - several times.  Early on he would love to go walking but then, at any given time, he would decide "enough is enough,lets take a break."  And it never failed that he would decide to take a break in the shade  under a tree in some stranger's yard!

Diesel taught me that playing ball every day was a good way to blow off steam.   And then I always had to leave the TV on for him whenever I left the house.  Most often it would be on Animal Planet but sometimes it was left on Foxnews so he could be an informed dog!
Diesel could have taught us all an important lesson - respect law enforcement.  

 Of course this picture was taken with his original owner - my son who was a police officer at the time.  Diesel came to live me about 8 years ago because it was too challenging to stay in all shift (12 hours) and then understand when my son had to sleep!

Another lesson about life... not sure if he taught me or I taught him but it was simple - when your road appears to end, look for another way!

Diesel was put to sleep today.  He had diabetes and congestive heart failure which we managed for as long as possible with medications and diet.
Diesel dog was so loved and will be so missed. 
But the memories and the lessons will last!

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Gary L. Waters, is a Florida licensed real estate broker associate with Bucci Realty, Inc. in Melbourne, Florida.  

 Call or text me directly at 321-693-3850.




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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Everything speaks if we just listen.....

Jul 21, 2017 06:29 AM #46
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Gary, sorry for the pain you are having from the loss of a friend.

You have shared some great memories and lessons.


Jul 21, 2017 06:35 AM #47
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Gary, This was a painful read for me.  Diesel continues to teach us even when he is not physically with us.  He was a great friend and teacher.  May you find comfort in knowing he is fain free.  

Jul 21, 2017 07:27 AM #48
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What a sensitive tribute, Gary, to your close friend. I hope sharing this and some wonderful photos helps you in your grief right now.


Jul 21, 2017 07:45 AM #49
Rochelle Kretchmar
GenEquity Mortgage - Lewisville, TX
Simply Irresistible Staging

What a great tribute to Diesel!  Our animals do teach us so much.  They are part of our lives, part of our families and when they are gone, we have lost a loved one.  So very sorry for your loss.  I lost my girls who both lived 15 years - they were my first kids.  It took quite a while to get over their loss. Our fur babies live on in our hearts and memories forever. 

Jul 21, 2017 07:52 AM #50
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Gary, this was a very difficult post to read, I am so very sorry for your loss. Our pets are no different than kids, they teach us unconditional love, patience, care and on and on. Diesel was lucky to have you. Sending you prayers.

Jul 21, 2017 09:26 AM #51
Eileen Knode
Long and Foster Real Estate - Chester, VA

I so sorry for your loss.  It is so hard to lose such a devoted friend.  Boston's are such a special breed of pup.  May your memories keep you smiling as you remember the loved you've shared.  

Jul 21, 2017 10:43 AM #52
Libby Beckwith
Realty Executives - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Agent serving Phoenix & Scottsdale

Gary your post touched my heart.  The loss of a cherished pet, friend and family member impacts deeply and is a forever feeling.  Our pets live such short sweet lives, and they bring such daily enhancement to our lives to create an oasis

of comfort at times when we most need it.  My sincere condolences for your loss of Diesel.  Both of you were lucky to share a slice of life together. 

Jul 21, 2017 11:55 AM #53
Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Gary, pets are family too and their unconditional love is just one of the many gifts they give us. I know you gave Diesel a good life with lots of love and attention and that his absence left a hole in your heart. We lost a beloved pet some years ago after a long illness and even though we knew it was inevitable, nothing prepares you for the reality. You wrote a lovely, thoughtful tribute to Diesel and he was lucky to have you as well. Big  hug and prayers going out to you.

Jul 21, 2017 01:04 PM #54
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Sorry for your loss; it is always so hard to go through a treasured pet passing.

Jul 21, 2017 06:38 PM #55
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Gary and through tears I am so so sorry. Clearly Diesel enhanced your life and taught you a lot. No pup can ever replace another but I do hope hope when you are ready, you will honor your beloved Diesel by saving another who wouldn't make it without you. Again I am really sorry for your loss.

Jul 22, 2017 07:25 AM #56
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Thanks Sheila Anderson .  It has been tough responding to comments on here. I know I will survive and find another pup.

Jul 22, 2017 01:03 PM #57
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Our cat would look behind our wash machine. It turned out there is a sock left out. Over the years she taught us to clean the back of washer, drier and refrigerator. No dust bunnies allowed in our house per our cat.

Jul 22, 2017 04:40 PM #58
Jeni Blessman
Keller Williams Realty - McLean, VA

Wonderful tribute to your handsome Diesel🐾
And great lessons too...I'm sorry for the loss of your pup💙

Jul 22, 2017 06:28 PM #59
Sheron Cardin
California Moods Inc - Selma, CA
ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend!

Ya got me. I have 7 dogs of which 6 are rescues and each one is so very different but you are onto something. I will sit down tonight and study from a different perception. How fun to have a new game. Thank you!

Jul 22, 2017 07:43 PM #60
Silvia Icaza
Aventura, FL

You are so right! I never had a dog before, I am a cat person and rescuer until I have to take Tobias, he is now my best friend and master. He teaches me to be patient, more active,  he teaches me to deal with stress, and what unconditional love really is. I am sure Diesel lived a happy life and I do believe our loved ones, including our pets, are somewhere waiting for us. 

Jul 23, 2017 08:46 AM #61
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Sorry for your loss, Gary.  Diesel was an amazing dog.

Jul 24, 2017 05:54 AM #62
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

You made me cry with this one Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC  Thinking of my old friends  that have passed on . Dog spelled backwards  GOD  they certainly are a gift to us aren't they

So glad Carol Williams Featured this it is an amazing post and I missed it

Jul 24, 2017 11:24 AM #63
Melissa Spittel
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Westminster, MD
"Achieving Results Together "

So sorry for the loss of your precious Diesel. Hard pill to swallow but he was obviously loved, cared for, and a member of the family.  

Jul 25, 2017 06:52 PM #64
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

I'm sorry for the loss of Diesel. He's been a member of the family for a long time. I know how hard it was to put him down. You never really forget about the ones you love and when you look around and come to grips, which you did, you find many pearls of wisdom one creature taught that lives on forever. May your memories of him continue to guide you through this transition in your life.

Jul 27, 2017 08:30 AM #65
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