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“Luciana, I must tell you about Abraham Maslow. He is a humanistic psychologist who has set up a hierarchy of five levels of basic needs.

I suppose I have satisfied my first four levels of basic needs, which are described as follows:

I´m breathing the fresh mountain air, this warm cow milk has already comforted my stomach and I´m physically well. My physiological needs are satisfied.

My safety needs have also been satisfied because I´m able to sleep on the bed next to my humans. I feel sheltered.

On the third level, I appreciate the fact that you´re stroking my ear because I feel loved and belonging to our little family. That ticks out the needs of love, affection and belonging.

The next level is what Maslow calls needs of esteem. I have a stable, firmly based, high level of self-respect, and respect from others. I feel self-confident and valuable as a dog in the world.

Now we come to the last level of basic needs. I’m craving some self-actualization, Luciana. I need to do what I was born to do. I need to sniff, search, bark, run… and maybe have a pee in the woods. I urge to do the dog thing. Please let´s explore the region, shall we?” Flô

“Let´s go, Flô!” Luciana

 

my trip starts here

 

minha viagem começa aqui

 

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Taken on April 6, 2006