When my buddy Spartacus came here to be part of my family, I knew he had been in two horrible situations previously and was sent to a shelter to die.
I wanted to affirm to him that he was now safe and will be loved his entire life. I told him this several times a week because I wanted to build his strength and confidence.
One of the best things we can do for loved ones is to affirm them and tell them they are loved. It builds their strength and ours as well.
A few things to keep in mind:
Affirm each other often with sincere and specific comments.
Realize that building each other up is as easy, and more important, than tearing anyone down.
Show deeper respect for animals who do this beautiful gesture often.