The Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan, on Be Kind to Animals Month.

Via Waylon Lewis
on May 18, 2009
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I opened my inbox this morning to this brief, simple message from “The Dog Whisperer,” Cesar Millan, who I first read about in a dozen-page profile in The New Yorker a few years back. Cesar is one of my idols, one of my dream interviews, the man who taught be everything I’ve learned about how to be a master to my sweet mutt Redford, and taught me more than my own family or spiritual faith ever could about working with my own frustration; and learning to be strong without being angry, and learning to be kind without being enabling (idiot compassion, as Buddhists call it).

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One of my favorite quotes is from the calm-assertive leader Gandhi: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

These words are particularly meaningful as we celebrate Be Kind to Animals Month. Every year, the United States celebrates and promotes compassion towards animals big and small. To me, that says a lot about the greatness of this nation!

Your pets – canine and otherwise – benefit from and appreciate the love that you express on a daily basis, but there are thousands of animals at shelters and rescues in need of your kindness. This May, spend some time at a shelter or rescue group. Take a dog for a walk. Volunteer at an adoption event. But when you go, do what’s best for these dogs: leave your feelings of pity and sadness at home. Instead, share the positive, calm-assertive energy of a pack leader. Give these animals a day to remember!

Stay calm and assertive,

Cesar Millan


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


7 Responses to “The Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan, on Be Kind to Animals Month.”

  1. Jennifer at 4:58pm May 19
    Waylon, can I borrow your DVD?

    Waylon Hart Lewis at 5:14pm May 19
    I don't own, I just rent on netflix. But you can watch dozens of episodes on youtube.

  2. Victoria says:

    I love Cesar Millan, he is giving a seminar one hour of away from my house tonight !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! of all the luck in the world I just happen to be broke the month my idol comes to my country!(Australia) so i dont get to see him!!
    perhaps this will teach me to manage my money better!

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  6. Ozz says:

    "Every year, the United States celebrates and promotes compassion towards animals big and small."

    What we "celebrate" and the actions in which we engage as a nation are two entirely different things.

    Every second of every day, the United States treats animals with unimaginable cruelty – our food system is built on this form of cruelty (not to mention the whole issue of fur). I'm having a hard time reconciling this with the statement quoted above, which seems to see the symbolic while ignoring the factual. You seem to have taken Gandhi's words, and come to the precisely opposite conclusion than fact and objective reason would dictate – which is that this nation is showing its lack of moral progress and its lack of greatness by the misery and torment it inflicts on millions of animals each day.

    I suppose the saying about people seeing only what they want to see is true. The Buddha, however, called for a higher standard – challenging us to see things as they are – not as we wish them to be. I have little doubt that Gandhi would weep, were he to observe the vast suffering of animals in this nation.

  7. Greg Eckard says:

    I think that a lot of people fail to realize that dogs, and other animals, see the world and communicate in a completely different way than humans.