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Things we can learn from dogs

I know this has circulated broadly over the internet but it’s really a great reminder about how we should live. For me, it’s up there with “Everything you need to know in life you learned in kindergarten.” If we do all these things, I think we’ll learn more and be happier!

  • Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
  • Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
  • When loved ones come home, run to greet them.
  • When it’s in your best interest, practice obedience.
  • Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.
  • Take naps and stretch before rising.
  • Run, romp and play daily.
  • Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
  • Be loyal.
  • Never pretend to be something you’re not.
  • If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
  • When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
  • Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
  • Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
  • On hot days, drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree.
  • When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
  • When you are scolded, don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout, run back and make friends.
  • Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
  • Remember, a dog wags its tail with its heart.

To the best of my knowledge, I think this was originated by Dave Winer, September 1997.

And here are a few more from Betty Lochner…

  • Listen first. Listen with every bone in your body as if your next snack depends on it.
  • Make a lot of noise when you need to. When you need to say something, say it.
  • Say you’re sorry when you’ve done something bad. We all make mistakes, so just snuggle up and be cute and say you are truly sorry.
  • Don’t bite people. Don’t be mean-spirited or sarcastic when you communicate.  It will get you no respect and it’s not worth the consequences. You may even end up in a really bad place.
  • Wag your tail. Show appreciation and gratitude to those around you. It’s a very powerful communication tool and works every time.
  • Pay attention. Look some, sniff some, and watch some.
  • Live a balanced life. Enjoy the simple things in life. Learn some and think some and sing and dance and play and work every day some!

1 thought on “Things we can learn from dogs”

  1. Great article to make you smile, This is so my dog MAGGIE and is exactly why she makes me feel good after a rough long day!

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