Yesterday I sat down to count the dogs in my life. From infancy on, I have lived with 20 different dogs. That’s a lot of dogs. Only a handful were ‘single’ pets. Usually we had more than one dog at a time. At one point during childhood, we had 4 dogs. One for each of us kids. All house pets. The things my mother sacrificed for her children. As a very shy uncertain 10-year-old, my dad gave me ‘his’ dog to train and show in 4-H. Old Teddy was my constant companion, best friend, counselor, consultant, cheerleader, and ego-booster for the next 12 years. Needless to say, I have a soft spot for dogs.
These days, Hubby and I have just one dog – a medical alert service dog. She is a ‘Lassie-look-a-like’ Collie named Mandy. We love her dearly, and she takes good care of us. Hubby thinks he has the Alpha Male part down pat, but Mandy and I know different. Mandy takes care of us.
So in honor of Mandy, and all the other wonderful canines God has blessed us with, I would like to pass on some good advice for mankind.
Live like 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 and 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.
7. Run, romp and play daily.
8. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
9. Be loyal.
10. Never pretend to be something you’re not.
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 joys of a long walk.
14. Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
15. Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
16. On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
17. When you’re 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.