Sam’s Corner #30

I turn 70 in February!

I’m coming up on my 70th birthday.  So you might say I’m an old dog. But that doesn’t mean I can’t learn a new trick!

Because I can’t jump as high as I used to, sometimes it can be hard for me to get in my daddy’s truck. It’s taller than me! That’s a big jump!

So to help me out my daddy got me a set of stairs to help me climb into the truck. I know that sounds simple to you, but to me those are some pretty scary stairs! I’ve climbed lots of stairs before, but these are NEW stairs! Scary!!

The good part is my daddy is helping me get used to the new stairs slowly.  So on the first day he just held me and let me put my front paws on them. That was it. That was all I could handle on the first day! I’m still not used to them, and they’re still scary, but I’m getting better and  I’ll get used to them eventually.

This time of year I know a lot of people like to try new things. I think that’s great. Just remember it’s ok to be like me. You don’t have to get used to big changes and scary things right away. It’s ok to get used to them slowly and make small changes. Even small changes over time can add up to big things. But if you try to make big changes all at once, sometimes it can be too scary and you’ll quit!

And by the way, in case you want to get me a bone for my birthday, it’s February 22nd. Just don’t tell my daddy, I’m on a strict diet.

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