Things we could learn from our dogs …

It’s that time of the year when remembering things to be grateful for is on many minds. This one is out of the archives – I published it 2 years ago – but it remains relevant. It popped up in the list of just-read posts on my blog this morning. Here it is

fernI almost never respond or pass on the kind of gooey Hallmark greeting card stuff that arrives in my email inbox from time to time. Sure, I laugh at LOLCats but when it stops being silly and goes all sentimental … ? OK, call me cynical.

I got one of these emails a minute or two ago, and it touched me. I’d heard 10 minutes before that a Twitter friend is spending the last night his little dog and he will have together. The vet has advised a euthanasia procedure for the family pet tomorrow. My heart goes out to him; I know what it’s like. So I suppose I was a set-up for the sentiment in the post. But sentimental or not, here it is … stuff we could learn if our dogs were teachers.

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
Take naps.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
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.

Right after I press the Publish button for this post I’m taking my own loyal pet for an afternoon walk … she has taught me … well, quietly insisted is more her style … that there’s no better way to clear the head after a day at the keyboard. That’s her at the top. Walkies!!!

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2 responses to “Things we could learn from our dogs …”

  1. Ken Allan Avatar

    Kia ora Kate!

    What we can learn from our pets, eh? You friend looks wonderfully intelligent and has that playful loyal look. We are not a doggy family. We’ve had cats all our days. They, like dogs, have a lot to teach us. I hope this isn’t too silly or sentimental, for it probably applies to dogs as much as any:

    Dear friend and sweet companion we have grown
    To know your comforting and curious grace
    And all the impasse you have borne with lone
    Acceptance of our all too human ways,

    Always there, rarely aggressive, but sage,
    Quiet, and so appreciative of our home
    And homely offerings. In this complex age
    Of hi-tech communication we’ve become

    Much less aware than you of what a look
    Scent or sound can mean to one’s consciousness;
    We may read about these gifts in a book
    But proffer little thought to your awareness;

    And this acceptance that your sense admits
    Forgives our senselessness and dearth of wits.

    Catchya later

    Ken Allan’s last blog post..New Ways Of Learning?

  2. Kate Foy Avatar

    Thanks Ken. Love the thought about losing how important ‘a look, scent or sound can mean to one’s consciousness’ … indeed.