Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Rules of Canine Life

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
~ Mark Twain

What with all the fuss and bother swirling in the headlines, I thought it might be a good time to take a lesson from our best friend.

Dogs live in the now. If you stop to think about it, that's a blessed state of being. You'll never catch a dog fretting about how long it will take to get an appointment with the vet after the health care bill passes. They don't worry about where the dog biscuits will come from when taxes go up. Dogs just follow their own simple code and enjoy life. We should give it a try.

Things We Can Learn From A Dog

1. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

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, practice obedience.

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

6. Take naps and stretch before rising.

7. Run, romp and play daily.

8. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you've had enough.

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. Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

14. Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

15. On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

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're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout right back and make friends.

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