Phoebe the Dog Teaches Motivational Speaker Important Lessons

To say I loved this dog is a ridiculous understatement. In fact to use the word "loved," past tense, is wrong. Little Phoebe Einstein Larsen may be gone from this world in her little gorgeous physical form, but her amazing spirit definitely is still with me. I always thought that if there were motivational speakers in the doggy world, she surely could have been one because – oh, how wise she was. She taught me well and I'd like to share just a few of the lessons she gave me.

ImageShe totally knew how to ask for what she wanted. Cookies, to go for a walk, to sleep at the foot of my bed – whatever she wanted, she would let me know. She once walked up to me and carefully paced her ball on my foot as her way of saying, "I would like for you to throw the ball now".  She never made me guess and she was relentless. She taught me how to be clear in my requests and not make assumptions that people SHOULD know what I need and want. I'm still not quite as good as she was.

She knew how to relax and have fun. I can get so caught up in "stuff." motivational_speaker_linda_larsen_phoebe_boatStressful situations that are hurtful physically, emotionally and mentally. And invariably when things got overwhelming, Phoebe would ask me to join her in doing the things that always made her feel good. Things that, after I joined her – always made me feel infinitely better. Walking, going for a ride in the car to get ice cream or, even better, a ride in the kayak. Oh bliss. I can feel my heart rate going down as I even think about it.

motivational_speaker_linda_larsen_john_phoebeShe knew that her reason for being was to give love. Isn't this really what it is all about? For all of us? And oh, how I can forget this one when somebody done somebody wrong. Especially if that somebody was me. But Phoebe never played that game. Ever. She expressed her love in a hundred different ways every day. It was unabashed, unconditional and unwavering. It didn't matter if John or I were cranky or scary looking or had forgotten to change her water – she loved us anyway. 

Whenever I start to feel the pain of missing her, I try to bring my attention back to how deeply grateful I am to have had her in my life and how I cherish the gifts she gave me. She will forever live in my heart as one of the greatest treasures of my life. 


Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. Sniff. Sniff. What a beautiful tribute to Phoebe who did have a heart bigger than life. I know how you must miss her. And, oh, how you took care of her and loved her in the biggest way while she was here. 

  2. Kleenex please. How blessed you were to have one another. Yes, animals can teach us unconditional love – what a gift.

  3. Your heartfelt words made my eyes sting with tears. Little Phoebe was so lucky that you picked her out of that litter all those years ago.  You two had a special connection then and will continue to with her valuable doggie life lessons in your heart. <3

  4. Linda, what's so great about your tribute to Phoebe is how you were able to have lessons about life from her.  Beautifully written my friend! And, so sorry for your loss. 

  5. So, I admit I had to wait a while to read your tribute to Phoebe.  My Phoebe was Zen Buddah-hattan (Bu.)  And it had exactly the effect I knew it would – I am definately crying – but also smiling and feeling 'lit up' with love and gratitude that we had the gift of Phoebe and Bu in our lives.  

    I am so sorry for the loss of your family member, and sorrier I never had the opportunity to scratch her ears and smile into her eyes filled with love.  But I know each of your lives was better because you had each other.  And now all of our lives are better because you are sharing the gifts of your relationship with us.   

    Giant hugs and much love,  xt

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