An Awkward Hello & Pleased to Meet You!

I pay $100,000 per year for happiness, how about you?

Okay, let me back this up a bit before you start to get the wrong idea. After university, I spent nearly 10 years of my life chasing a pay cheque. But the whole ‘work to live’ thing wasn’t quite panning out the way I thought it would, and I found myself spending most of those pay cheques on a whole bunch of junk I didn’t need, as a bandaid to cover up the fact that I-HATED-EVERYTHING-ABOUT-MY-JOB-AND-MY-LIFE-AND-MY-JOB-AND-OH-MY-DOG-HELP-ME-IF-I-EVER-HAVE-TO-SIT-BEHIND-THAT-DESK-EVER-AGAIN. Errrr, too dramatic? Alright, so fast forward to July 2018 when I found the courage to just rip that bandaid off and do something about it already. I made the decision to walk away from my corporate career, and I made the jump without any safety net in sight. Goodbye corporate card, downtown parking spot, fancy-pantsy boozy lunches, and golf tournaments (okay, let’s be real – never having to ever golf again is maybe-probably the very best part of leaving my old job). I once defined my very own value in monetary terms; my self-esteem and self-worth tightly tied together with a number on a T4 slip. And I cut that tie in one very vulnerable and brave snip. Spoiler alert: I dug deep and found the meaning of happiness and fulfillment in a job that pays me $100,000 less per year, but I’ve never looked back. Not once. You can’t put a dollar sign on what this new job and life has given me, and friends- I promise that is not an exaggeration.

Hi everyone, I’m Sammy Musgrave, Behaviour Coordinator for a local animal rescue in Calgary, AB. This isn’t my first blog, but in my previous blogging-life I had mainly focused on mental health (hint hint – corporate Sammy wasn’t the happiest of humans out there). And now I am here to share everything I know about dogs and behaviour modification. Ultimately, my goal is to provide you with a one-stop shop for all your training questions and needs, and to share an insider’s view of rescue. Focusing on our furry canine friends isn’t that much of a leap from what I was writing about before, given that they have always been a form of therapy for me.

This is the kind of therapy that I subscribe to.

Anyways, enough about me! Here is what you need to know. This is a safe and accessible forum for those of you who foster, own, or care for dogs. I really want to hear your comments, and I don’t want you to be afraid to ask questions. The topic of training and animal welfare can be touchy! But don’t worry, I don’t usually bite and I have been taught amazing bite inhibition. Welcome to my lame and awkward sense of humour, and to my blog!


Author: sammymusgrave

I reside in Calgary, Alberta, and work as a Behaviour Coordinator at a local animal shelter. My heart is in rescue, and rehabilitating the dogs who come through our care. My passion resides in helping other people understand canine behaviour, and the science behind why we primarily use enrichment, force-free training, and positive reinforcement to modify challenge behaviours. During my free time, I enjoy hiking and exploring the mountains with my husband, and dog, Bear. I also really love nerding it out with any book or article I can get my hands on by Dr. Ian Dunbar, Dr. Sophia Yin, Jean Donaldson, Nicole Wilde, and the list goes on. I invite you on my journey to creating a better and kinder world for animals and people alike.

4 thoughts on “An Awkward Hello & Pleased to Meet You!”

  1. Sam, you are such an inspiration!! To leave your corporate job and take a chance on doing what you love, you are so courageous! What an incredible story. I look forward to continuing to follow on on this journey! And I can’t wait to learn more about training and rehabilitating dogs! XX Lisa

  2. I’m so glad you made the change! So many people go through life never realizing that they have the power (I’d even say “the responsibility”) to make changes like that in their lives.
    The dogs are so lucky to have you working on their team!
    I can’t wait to read more!

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