How to Be a Champion

posted by Sharon August 7, 2012 20 Comments
Coronado dog beach

The Olympics fascinate us and compel us to cheer for these young athletes. We’re inspired as we witness the result of years of dedication of the participants. We marvel at their gracefulness.

A day at dog beach this week made me realize some similarities between the disciplined Olympians and these furry athletes. First, you will notice that all kinds of dogs are here, just as so many nations are represented at the Olympics. Lots of greeting and meeting goes on.

Here you will find the elegant and powerful.

The stunning.

The comical.

The magnificent.

Let the games begin!

Here’s one where a human tosses a ball into the waves.

Running lickety split takes place all over the beach arena.

Leaping through the waves is a favorite event.

This one requires the dog to jump high to retrieve a treat.Lovely spectators watch from the stands.

Ball sports rule.

This player excels in stick retrieval. Synchronized events are fun.

Then there’s digging to the center of the Earth.

Besides the events themselves, you will find necessary aspects of winning a game.

Keep an unerring eye on the ball.

Focus on the goal.

Stay poised and hold your head high.

Priorities, focus, confidence. This is what we’re seeing in our amazing Olympians. This is what I see in these beautiful dogs on the beach. This is what we can all aspire to in our everyday lives. That’s how we can all be champions.

How about you? What has inspired you in this year’s Olympics?

 

 

 

 

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20 Comments

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Emily August 7, 2012 at 4:58 am

Love this post and the photos! Thank you for sharing!

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Sivinden August 7, 2012 at 5:06 am

A great collection!

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Carol August 7, 2012 at 5:18 am

I think we can learn a lot about fun from our furry friends.

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Mona August 7, 2012 at 6:48 am

Wonderfull photography full of LIFE ♥

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Sommerfugl Design / Desirae R August 7, 2012 at 7:08 am

This is such a great post! I love the way you put the photos in classifications!

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Karen August 7, 2012 at 10:28 am

I love watching dogs and this post is so fun! Nice shots and tie-in to the Olympics.

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Pieni lintu August 7, 2012 at 10:35 am

Great action shots!

I love dogs and ocean!

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Erika B August 7, 2012 at 10:41 am

Oh, they are all so beautiful! I love the action shots.

Erika B

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Pat August 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Great analogy!
I love the photos of all the dogs having a ball on the beach.

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Kim Klassen August 7, 2012 at 1:24 pm

oh this is so perfect…. ‘sigh’… wonderful…

thanks for joining Tt… xo,Kim

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Barbara August 7, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I love your post! It made me smile. Great captures of all of these superb athletes!

Peace!

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin August 7, 2012 at 3:19 pm

This was such a cute post! I’m spending the week with my nephew and every time he does a crazy toddler move I say he’s practicing for the olympics!

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Abi August 7, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Too cute!

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Molly August 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm

This is just brilliant. I love the one of the dog digging in the sand.

Mollyxxx

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Danielle Batog August 7, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Dog beach?? I have never heard of this but what a great photo op!!!!

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Marilyn August 7, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Thanks for such a great series of dogs? Looks like they were having a great experience. I like the one digging to the center of the earth.

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Sherry Galey August 8, 2012 at 3:07 am

Dogs rule! I had great fun shooting dogs at a dog beach this past winter in Florida. You got some great captures here. Love how you play with the Olympics…

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Linda Kittmer August 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm

This is a fantastically fun and creative post. You certainly deserve to be at the top of the podium celebrating a gold for this one!

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Irmi August 8, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Wow, that was a fun read for the day! Thanks for the uplifting post!

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natswans July 13, 2013 at 6:16 pm

So cute love those Dogs!

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