Dogs: One of Life’s Great Teachers

If A Dog Were Your Teacher

If a dog were your teacher
These are some of the lessons you might learn…

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them
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 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

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 lay under a shady tree
When you’re happy dance around and wag your entire body

No matter how often you’re scolded
don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout
run right back and make friends

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm
Stop when you have had enough
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.

– Author Unknown

I have always loved dogs! Growing up, my family always had a dog. I spent 15 years of my life with my Black Lab by my side…she was with me as I grew from being a boy of 10 years old, until I was a young man of 25 years, taking care of her during her final months.

The experiences I had with these animals helped shape me into the man I am today. As a boy, I was able to share some of my deepest secrets with a dog. Feelings of loneliness never lasted long, as there was always someone around who cherished my presence.

Today I have 2 smaller dogs, one of which I raised since he was a puppy. Their playfulness and loving nature is often all I need to lift my spirits.

It is easy to be envious of a dog’s life, but I have never thought about a dog as a teacher.  Observing this companion, “Man’s best friend”, offers perfect insights into the secrets of a happy life: choose contentment in all situations.

2 comments on “Dogs: One of Life’s Great Teachers

  1. OH, THIS IS SO FOR ME ME ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Little (and big) buddhas wrapped in fur. Happy dudes who love you no matter what. Honest creatures, who might snarl once in awhile, but then it’s over. No passive aggressiveness … no pouting … maybe a little if my boyfriend spanks one … but soon forgotten.


    I have to share my love for the canines where ever and whenever i can!!! So there! Thanks for this post Troy, even if it was for you … THANKS for SHARING !!!

    • Ahh…doggies. My first true love! Glad this hit home with you!

      BTW…..did you post any pics of the Alaska trip anywhere? Or have you gone yet?

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