Things I’ve Learned From My Dogs

I’m fortunate to have good friends who love dogs AND love to write ! Michelle Stark has expressed so well the many things she has learned from her dogs. She has also made me realize I have much to learn.

My Lessons

My dogs are smart. I know that I may be just a wee bit biased.  I say they are smart because they have taught me, or confirmed for me, many life lessons. I consider them to be wise creatures and like most dog owners, aspire to be as wonderful as they think I am. Some lessons are lighthearted, some are deep, others sappy, but all are a good guide for life. Here is what they have taught me:

  • Affection and love can be expressed a million ways
  • Love should and can be unconditional
  • To be loved, give love
  • No one is perfect; forgiveness is essential
  • Mistakes just mean you need to keep learning
  • Growing pains are not easy; that’s why they’re called ‘pains’ – but you do survive them
  • It is the duty of the elder to teach the young about life
  • Sharing your treat is a sweet way to show you care
  • A brisk walk is good for the soul (and the waistline)
  • Naps are always a good idea
  • Sometimes you just need to play
  • Sunshine warms the heart and the body
  • Puppy therapy is the best therapy there is
  • Quiet reflection can happen anywhere at any time
  • Smiles are contagious, especially lopsided, toothy grins
  • Love can happen at first sight
  • Sometimes you do have to sample a variety to find your favorite
  • Making someone laugh at your own folly will make it funnier for you, too
  • Separation is hard, but the reunion is joyful
  • Treats make a happy tummy and a happy spirit
  • Boredom leads to trouble –always
  • Companionship is more important than flashy trends or beauty
  • Youth is fleeting; wisdom is forever
  • To make someone laugh is a gift given by the soul to the soul
  • A little extra weight is not always a bad thing
  • We all need to be held on occasion and sometimes we need to do the holding
  • Snuggling with someone is the best way to nap
  • The heart’s desire should not be resisted
  • Toys are more fun when shared
  • Always say you’re sorry when you hurt someone
  • Wrinkles mean you have character
  • A broken heart can be mended by lots of love and kisses and hugs
  • Sitting quietly near someone is enough sometimes
  • Life isn’t fair; it’s how you deal with it that shapes your character

What lessons have you learned from your canine companions?

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6 Responses to “Things I’ve Learned From My Dogs”

  1. Amy@GoPetFriendly 28. Mar, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    Ty’s favorite is “Wrinkles mean you have character!”
    Buster’s favorite is “Smiles are contagious, especially lopsided, toothy grins.”

    Thanks for this post – it’s a good reminder to appreciate every day with the boys.

  2. Elizabeth Deitz 29. Mar, 2011 at 7:04 am #

    That says a lot about Ty and Buster. Now how about you and Rod?

  3. Ken Perry 29. Mar, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    These make a great list “to live by”. I am going to post them and share them with my significant other. Then maybe when I have the inevitable “accident” she will more easily forgive me. Maybe I will even highlight a couple of them for her…

  4. Elizabeth Deitz 30. Mar, 2011 at 6:29 am #

    I am not sure everybody would agree that they are all “gems.” I have had some flack about “A brisk walk is good for the soul.”

  5. Donna 04. Apr, 2011 at 7:50 am #

    I love “wrinkles mean you have character” and while this may be true, I walk a Boston (one of those tuxedo dogs) so all eyes are on her. My wrinkles go un-noticed which suites me fine.

  6. Michelle S 22. Apr, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    Donna – that is the best part of having a dog – no one notices me. I’m just the leash-tender, which suits me just fine! And Boston’s are very sweet companions!

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