I was cooking breakfast this morning with a yellow Labrador (Comet) by my side. Comet was begging and counter surfing when I received an email that made me stop and think.
The email was titled “A Dog’s Purpose”. It told a story about a 6 year old boy having to say ‘good-bye’ and let his dog go to doggie heaven.
The little boy was pretty smart; he had a comforting reason why dogs don’t live as long as humans. Dogs have less to learn. Dogs are born knowing how to live simple, love generously, care deeply and speak kindly. Humans live longer because they need more time to learn all these things.
So about the time I was going to yell “Comet, get out of the kitchen!”, I decided to bite my tongue and remember why I have multiple dogs. I decided to remember what they teach us and to remind myself that one day Comet will not be by my side and I’ll miss that.
Whether you have a dog or not, think about what they teach us:
- 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.
- Take naps.
- 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 lie under a shady tree.
- When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
- Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
- 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.
Have an inspiring day!