Happy DogWhen you share your life and home with a dog, you’ll do well to take some basic lessons in life from them.  Maybe they really do hold the secret to happiness.  I know mine make me happy.

Basic Life Lessons We Can Learn From Our Dog

  • Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
  • Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your to be pure ecstasy.
  • When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
  • 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.
  • Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.
  • Be loyal.
  • Never pretend to be something you’re not.
  • If you stare at someone long enough, eventually you’ll get what you want.
  • Don’t go out without ID.
  • Be direct with people; let them know exactly how you feel by piddling on their shoes.
  • Be aware of when to hold your tongue, and when to use it.
  • Leave room in your schedule for a good nap.
  • Always give people a friendly greeting. A cold nose in the crotch is most effective.
  • When you do something wrong, always take responsibility (as soon as you’re dragged shamefully out from under the bed).
  • If it’s not wet and sloppy, it’s not a real kiss.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 joys of a long walk.
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