Killer, The Mighty Donut Hunter: A Story of Passion, Focus and Determination

I learned many lessons about Life from my beloved little dog, Killer. A constant companion and devoted friend for over 20 years, when he passed last year, I struggled. It has taken some time for the heartache to finally fade back to be replaced by fonder memories of walks in the woods, the perpetually amusing antics, and “The Little Man’s” joyful “Hollywood smile”. I thought it appropriate on Memorial Day to share one of my favorite memories.

Killer loved chocolate covered donuts. I mean, LOVED. He would do nearly anything for them. Yes, sadly, some dogs (about 10%) die from eating chocolate but Killer was not one of them. He would run around like a pre-school youngster on a sugar buzz high when he ate them, but that was about the worst of it. He could not get enough of those yummy things.

Now, Killer was a dog of distinctly discerning taste. He didn’t prefer just any old chocolate donut, no. Those waxy little minis that your mother put in your lunchbox would not do. His donuts of choice were Entemman’s and they were full sized and deluxe. Only the best would satisfy Killer. He wouldn’t eat any other kind.

One night, a showdown was brewing between Killer and my human companion, Kevin. There was only one donut left in the box. Kevin loved chocolate donuts too and knew how Killer felt about them. We both treat our pets like people, but actual people still get priority, so, politically speaking, that last donut was Kevin’s. The battle of wills was on.

As Kevin claimed the last donut, Killer became single mindedly transfixed. He would not–could not–take his eyes off that donut. Kevin started playfully egging Killer on a bit, making a real show of it, humming, saying “Oooh, MMMM, this looks so good”. The good-hearted teasing only amplified Killer’s resolve. He intended to get some of that donut.

Killer tried everything. He flashed his award winning smile. He sat and stayed at attention with perfect, well-behaved precison. He did each of his trained tricks one after another, hoping for a reward. He gave it his all. He resorted to relentlessly following Kevin around, his little doggie mind working as fast as it could on a strategy. 

Finally, as Kevin plopped onto the sofa to enjoy his snack, Killer launched his plan. He scurried up Kevin’s outstretched body from the floor when Kevin’s feet touched the ground, making a full speed beeline for his goal. Kevin was so surprised (and hysterically laughing) that he could barely recover. He instinctively reacted by pulling his arms (and the hand that held the tasty morsel) over his head at the edge of the sofa, where that chocolate prize now hung inches from the floor.

Killer immediately hopped off Kevin and dove for his heart’s desire, now enticingly available to him at his 12″ height. Victory was within reach! Kevin realized his treat was in true peril and snatched it back to safety just as Killer was reaching up to take a bite.

This all happened within just a few seconds, and we were in tears from laughter. Moral of the story: Kevin was so impressed with Killer’s, well, doggedness, that he gave that scruffy little canine a full half of the last donut. Killer was officially dubbed “The Mighty Donut Hunter” that day and we got a story that still makes us laugh. And, most importantly, I witnessed a real life, real time demonstration of passion, focus, and determination.

So, I ask you. As an entrepreneur, what drives your passion and determination? What are you willing to give your complete, focused attention to? What is YOUR chocolate donut?…

 

God speed and love to all who have gone before.
Together, we are stronger.

Vicki Flaugher, the original SmartWoman

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2 Responses

  1. LOL, this reminds me of the night my dog, Kaycie grabbed part of a sandwich I was eating. She waited until I was distracted and went for it.

    Powerful lessons in dogged persistence pays off! And yes, pun intended. 🙂

  2. Isn’t it great the fun things dogs do? Another friend of mine told me that her dog amped out for pepperoni pizza. Wow! Killer also went bonkers for cinnamon. Why, I do not know, but it was more than a little funny to watch! I miss him greatly.

    I checked out your site, DeafMom. NICE work! Very inspiring and informative to get your perspective. Thanks for being willing to share and please do come back and visit again.

    Together, we are stronger.
    Vicki Flaugher, the original SmartWoman

  3. Isn’t it great the fun things dogs do? Another friend of mine told me that her dog amped out for pepperoni pizza. Wow! Killer also went bonkers for cinnamon. Why, I do not know, but it was more than a little funny to watch! I miss him greatly.

    I checked out your site, DeafMom. NICE work! Very inspiring and informative to get your perspective. Thanks for being willing to share and please do come back and visit again.

    Together, we are stronger.
    Vicki Flaugher, the original SmartWoman

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