Presence is being truly with the individual before you with no distractions at all.
Influence is the impact you have on someone, hopefully in a positive way.
It is hard to imagine that one can influence someone without really being present. This includes animals in need and will give them the love they deserve. Consider the best performers and how they truly connect with an audience. Their presence is felt even to thousands of people.
Therefore, they are able to have a positive influence on every single one of them. My Spartacus who passed away on March 15, 2018, was a real inspiration on being present. The interesting thing about presence and influence is that it is best accomplished in a quiet and subtle way. Those who try to push themselves on others usually fall short, or are seemingly effective in the beginning but not long term.
This comes to life in dog training. A dog will respond better to consistent, positive commands. I will tell you that I learned a lot from Spartacus over the years and now I am pleased to offer his wisdom to you. We will take a look at our own presence and influence and how it provides us with more joy and peace in our rescue efforts.
For today, just pick up your awareness on your presence to others. Try and eliminate distractions of any kind when you are with loved ones, 4 legged loved ones too, of course!