What my dogs have taught me over the years
Wanted to share something I wrote up a while ago in which many of us might recognize ourselves. I have written stories about dogs ever since I can remember, some were published. Dogs are amazing teachers, I often envy them. So here goes:
As long as you have a safe place to call home, get regular meals and have people who love you, you donít need anything else.
Fun is free and so is exercise.
The world is a beautiful place that will present itself to you as you need it.
Itís good to get exited when you see a friend, no matter how long ago you saw each other for the last time.
Check out new people. Once you know them, you can accept them for who they are.
Trying to change your friends is useless; a Pug with a short nose is a Pug with a short nose. If he had a long nose he wouldnít be a Pug.
Itís perfectly fine to do nothing useful after everything else has been taken care of.
Play and touch are important activities to make you feel content and we all enjoy it.
Donít be resentful; you donít have to get upset at someone who hasnít paid attention to you for a while. Instead you are happy when he does.
Life goes on after everything.
Enjoy the present, yesterday is over and tomorrow hasnít happened yet.
Avoid situations that make you feel uncomfortable and unsafe.
To survive you have to ask yourself if drinking out of a toilet bowl is really dangerous.
Alert your friends when you see something that can harm them or you.
After you have been hurt, you can learn to trust again.
Look for leadership if you need it. Provide it if you can.
If you have lost everything, find someone who can help you.
Play with your children to teach them the rules of life. Keep them out of harmís way but allow them to make their own mistakes so they can learn. Put hem in place when necessary without remaining angry. When itís over, itís over.
Allow squabbles and step in when it seems to get out of control, then have a break and go for a snack.
As you get older, enjoy the younger generation so you wonít forget. Teach them all you have learned.
If you can no longer play, surround yourself with the toys from the times you were young and strong. They hold the memories of your life.