COVID Changed Everything–Some for the good!

Well, it has been a while since we’ve been on WordPress. And everything has changed. But some things changed for the good.

For instance, we all slowed down a bit, reconnected with loved ones that lived in the same house, and we appreciated life a bit more.

For us, well, we worked on this little book called Louie’s Little Legs and released it on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. So far, the feedback has been amazing. Thank you!

We thought we would share some of the PR that’s come out about the book.

Check out an article that Weaving Influence wrote about us: ARTICLE LINK

And a Podcast with Becky Robinson about our crowdfunding project:

How to be successful with crowdfunding with Danise DiStasi
The Book Marketing Action Podcast

And lastly, I am grateful for the lessons I’ve learned thanks to a little pup named Louie:

• Be a loving person by being kind, patient, etc.
• Do not see others as objects
• Understand there’s always something unknown in other people’s lives

While Louie’s Little Legs offers a fun and magical story, there is a lesson. We offer children a concrete way to shift their minds from quickly judging someone (or in this case, Louie judging a cat he doesn’t like) to taking a moment to understand there may be something going on that we don’t know about. Before jumping to conclusions, be kind!

Check us out at unleash-love.com. And be kind 🙂 

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

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…

Join our Louie’s Little Legs Tribe and make a difference in a child’s life! Click here!

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

 

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?”

**************

.                         

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!

 

 

**********

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

***********

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.

Introducing Newbies Isn’t Always Easy


New blood in an organization is good, right? Louie has some thoughts about that.

Read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know…Louie is available to visit your school or business? He’s a superstar and he actually allows me to tag along. During our talks, we share his story and how, through his journey, a leadership model has emerged as well as a tween book!

 

Contact us to schedule a visit (or just to say hello).

 

 

 

 

As always, Louie sends his pawsome love!

 

 

 

Look Beyond Failure and Rejection

 

Well, we certainly had an interesting adventure. Louie failed miserably during a hospital visitation assessment. As we drove home, I observed him in the back seat of the car. Looking at that little face, I had to ask myself…which one of us truly failed?

Read More…

 

 

 

**********************

Stop bullying 🚫 Start talking 🗣

Did you know the book, Love Like Louie, has a discussion guide to help middle-school children form book clubs and talk about how they’re being treated and how they treat others? The questions are easy to answer and allow children to not only share their feelings but the guide provides action steps to make a change in their behavior!

Love Like Louie is endorsed by Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The New One Minute Manager® and Servant Leadership in Action:  

“I love this book because it’s all about the power of love–the love between a little girl and a skinny stray dog named Louie. Love Like Louie is a wonderful book with lessons for kids, for adults, for everybody who believes that love really can conquer all.”                          

Click here to order a copy (or two) for your middle-grade child…they’ll love the story!

We’re Back With Something New!

New Year, New Lou!

We hope this year is off to a great start. We’re excited to share our 2019 news with you.

First, we’ve changed the name of our blog to Lead Like Louie, which coincides with our books, Love Like Louie and soon-to-be released, Lead Like Louie.

Also, we’re pleased to announce that Louie has gone big-time. Not to worry-he’s still the same lovable pup with lots of “character.” But we’ve joined forces with The LeadChange Group. Lead Change is a leadership media destination with a unique editorial focus on driving change within organizations, teams, and individuals.

This month, Lead Like Louie discusses how leaders send mixed signals (of course that never happens here). Click here to read our new blog.

Let us know what you think. And stay tuned for more exciting news about our new soon-to-be released book, Lead Like Louie!

As always, Louie sends his love!

 

 

COMING SOON…

Christmas Cheer From A Slightly Different Viewpoint

My assignment began as many others had in the past: make an announcement to the appropriate people at the appropriate time. While the recipients were simple, ordinary kinsman, this was no ordinary assignment, and this was no ordinary time. The enemy was near.

I never doubted the plan, but as I drew my sword and looked toward the Special One, I wondered, “Why him?”

I tenderly held him and nuzzled his nose. It was strange to see such form for the Creator of the Universe. How would the world understand this? Yet the plan was to go forth, and it was my responsibility to see that nothing stood in the way.

I enveloped my massive arms around the small baby and wielded my mighty sword.

“Not just yet,” were the words from the Father.

As I lowered my arm a bit, I watched the young couple slowly, cautiously travel across the miles. The emptiness of the journey seemed unfitting for my King. This young woman, to whom I appeared months earlier, carried a heaviness that echoed throughout the land. Oh, her need for release wailed as the couple settled into the dingy, smelly stable.

“Now!” commanded the Father.

I raised my fiery sword–for the battle would be intense as the enemy held nothing back in order to thwart the plan of God.

Through the intense pain of the final moments of our journey, we arrived. I knelt on one knee as I gently placed the Special One in the arms of young Joseph. When I released the small child, my heart cried out as I sensed what heaven would be like without his presence. As the stench of the surroundings filled the air, I remembered the stench of the world and its need for this Special One, this Savior.

I rose from my knee. In one swift movement, I towered over the quiet town of Bethlehem. With a thunderous clap, I summoned the heavenly host, and we swept through the town singing and shouting joyous praise.

“Hallelujah! The Savior is here!”

We reached across the sky, touching every star in the universe, haloing the brightest one of all. The display of lights danced in jubilant celebration for the world to see. Our voices carried throughout the tiny town of Bethlehem for all its residents to hear.

Then, my ear leaned toward the earth, waiting, and in a flash I shouted, “Halt!”

The length of my arms spread from one end of town to the other. Yet, the world was strangely silent, dark. No citizen stirred in Bethlehem. No one listened or heard. No one noticed the heavenly display.

I peered through the night. In the moonlit meadow and on the hillside I saw lowly shepherds still and on their knees. They looked up and questioned the wondrous sight they had just witnessed. I knew they had received the message. I moved closer as they cried out in fear and held their hands to their faces.

“Do not fear,” I proclaimed. “I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly, the rest of the host became visible to the shepherds as we praised God and said, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

A streak of lightning flashed across the sky, and the angels departed. I stayed to watch from afar.

The shepherds turned to one another, “Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

Their faithful obedience gave me hope for this plan, which mysteriously unfolded in a dark, apathetic world—a world whose inhabitants waited for a King to ride in with pomp and circumstance.

But the shepherds looked for hope in God’s special baby. They stood at the edge of the stable, amazed that it was as we had declared it would be. They saw the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, and they recognized him: My King, their King.

I nodded toward the Special One, a wee baby, and knew my assignment was complete. It was time for me to return to my post. For I am Gabriel who stands in the presence of God!

 

*******

We wish you a very merry and blessed Christmas!