Things We Can Learn From A Dog

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THINGS WE CAN LEARN FROM A DOG

1. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.

2. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.

3. When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

4. When it’s in your best interest, always practice obedience.

5. Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.

6. Take naps and always stretch before rising.

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7. Run, romp, and play daily.

8. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.

9. Be loyal.

10. Never pretend to be something you are not.

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11. If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

12. When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

13. Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

14. Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

15. Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

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16. On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

17. When you are happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

18. No matter how often you are criticized, don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout; run right back and make friends.

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[With thanks to Karen Gorman. This appeared in Marblehead Magazine]

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Cheers,

Kip & Em (& Bex)

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I think I could turn and live awhile with the animals…

They are so placid and self-contained,

I stand and look at them sometimes half the day long.

They do not sweat and whine about their condition,

They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,

They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,

Not one is dissatisfied… not one is demented with the mania of owning things,

Not one kneels to another nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,

Not one is respectable or industrious over the whole earth.

~ [Walt Whitman, from “Leaves of Grass, No. 32”] ~

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4 Responses to Things We Can Learn From A Dog

  1. Neva Williams says:

    I love that, Bex … thank you for putting it here. Your dogs are beautiful. 🙂

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  2. TopsyTurvy says:

    Ain’t it the truth!

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  3. sandy from iowa says:

    Those fuzzies are the best loved ones on this earth..great list you posted

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  4. mz. em says:

    Oh Bex, your fur babies are so beautiful. I can tell they love the camera. I like your post about dogs.

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