Oh, The Anticipation!

Don’t you love this time of year? Yes, even with a major pandemic happening, many of us are still very excited for the holidays. It will be different this year—we will forego the large gatherings for smaller, less glitzy, and simpler events.

But oh, the anticipation is exciting and promising, no matter what. I think all of us love to hope for things to come. Why? Because we all hope for more than what we can see on the horizon.

Louie anticipates this every time we walk. At one point in our walk, we come to a fork in the road: to the right is the creek with its smells and adventurous twists and turns, and perhaps some creature I need protection from, and he is such a protector. But to the left, well . . . a parking lot and the streets to the rest of our complex. Now, he sees many more friends when we turn to the left, but he misses the adventure of going down the hill to the creek.

When we walk to the neighborhood across from our complex, we always come to a crossroads. I watch Louie’s walk quicken, and his ears flick back as he leans toward the left to cross a street, head across lawns, past the thick bushes to his favorite place—a path with two ponds. He loves that path. It’s an adventure to ward off the geese, smell the critters that have gathered there in the cool of the morning, and watch the turtles pop their little heads up and down as they scope out his scary nose on the surface of the water.

But it is the building of anticipation that I love to watch as we walk. Louie hopes against hope that if he just leans a bit to one side, picks up the pace, and walks confidently across the street, I will keep following him and go to his favorite place. And when I take that first step in the direction he wants to go—oh, the joy he exudes. It’s simple, it’s meaningful, and it matters to Louie.

How many times do we miss the sheer joy of the anticipation, and when met—oh, the delight! Watch and listen this season for what others might be anticipating. Can you bring them joy by merely leaning in the direction they want to go? My prayer is that we all watch for what others anticipate and lean into their dreams. Yes! Be aware of the magic! And as always, be kind!

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?”

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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.

Introducing Newbies Isn’t Always Easy


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

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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?

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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!