Father’s Day is always bittersweet for me. While  I love to honor the father of my child, as he happens to be an amazing role model, mentor, and overall great dad, my own dad passed away many years ago.

My dad and I were very close and I looked up to him, as many daughters do, for so many things.  As some of us talked about our dads at work one day, it became apparent that the role a father plays in a child’s life has an incredible impact on the person that individual becomes.  We have all learned some valuable lessons from our fathers….and we thought we would share them with you.

Lessons from our Fathers:

Gila:  Every person has their own “story” so be kind, accepting, and give what you can to the people and world around you.

Jon:  “Make things happen because no one is going to make things happen for you”

Gayle: ” Do not to take crap from anyone”

Luna: “Imagination is more important than knowledge” My Dad had a poster of this on our wall growing up. He encouraged me to be different, be truly myself, and follow my dreams. No matter what. It’s him that I get my courage, silliness, and wild imagination from.

Josh:  “Focus on the big picture”

Van: In loving memory of my father who often reminded me that “the way you live your life is what you leave your children and how you conduct yourself is your children’s legacy.  For the many blessings I’ve received, I am thankful for a father who lived so kindly,gracefully, passionately, and philanthropically”.

Tricia:  what can I say about the first guy I ever loved? my dad is that friend that has shown me strength, support, honor, jazz and cooking. he’s my parent, he’s my pal… he’s my pop!

Michele:  “My father taught me everything from riding a bike to driving a stick shift, but most importantly, he taught me to be strong and independent”

Kari:  “My dad taught me it is OK to cry and show emotion.  He taught me how to play soccer and was at every game cheering me on from the sidelines.  I now coach soccer today because of the love of sports he instilled in me”

Katherine (intern): “My dad always refers me to the Beatles closing line in a song:  “And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make”

Lila (intern): “Its in each person’s own power to go where he or she wants to go and build the life he or she wants for themselves”

Happy Fathers Day to all the amazing Dads!  You truly make a difference whether your child is human or canine.