From the editor: October 2017

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be 6 inches tall?


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Daisy Bee Phillips is not an enjoyable dinner date or yoga partner. But this #SquatYourDog thing, we can do.

Kassi Cox Photography

 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be 6 inches tall? 

Downsides: Most of your day is spent looking at ankles and shins. You can reach almost nothing. Upside: Need some alone time? Shimmy under a bed, where it’s dark and cool and you are literally unreachable. This is heaven to an introvert like me.

I think about this a lot because one of my family members is about that size. (See photo for scale. And let me assure you that what she is missing in height she makes up for in attitude.)

Perspective is everything, is it not? How we understand the world, and how we respond, hinges on our points of view. Today, perhaps more than ever, putting ourselves in another’s shoes must be practiced if we are to live in peace.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, October is TulsaPeople’s annual pet issue, which is well-loved by both our staff and our readers. This year, we’ve compiled the ultimate guide for Tulsa’s dog lovers, where you can find tips for spending time with your canine compadres — and yes, even tips on how to #SquatYourDog.

Of course, it’s not all about the dogs. You also can read about the challenges of operating a parrot rescue, a hospital using California snails to help patients connect to their feelings and an entrepreneur cooking fresh meals for pets.

For a departure from our theme, don’t miss our Q&A with Moises Echeverria, director of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, who speaks of “the collective impact” of small, simple acts of kindness.

In his 2002 novel “Lullaby,” author and journalist Chuck Palahniuk wrote, “The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close-up.” Good point.

Big-picture thinking is easier said than done when you’re a miniature dachshund. We taller species have less of an excuse.

As the weather cools, let’s all take a deep breath and try to see the world from another’s perspective — whether they are across town or a just few inches off the floor.

 

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