Considering that 99 % of my books have at least one dog as a character, sharing with you some of the life lessons I learned from my dog was inevitable.
With my dog as a teacher, I learned…
When a loved ones comes home, always run and jump to meet him. It will make him smile. and this will make you smile. Smiling is contagious, ask any dog.
Never refuse a walk. Let the experience of fresh air and the wind that blows on your face bring you happiness.
When it’s in your best interest … listen! It is usually rewarded with a pat or a good word. Anyone needs a good word.
When someone invades your territory… give a warning before attacking. Don’t just snap, even if you are hard at work, snoozing or writing.
Play every day … because life is short. Ask any military working dog.
Let people hug you and accept the love you receive. Hugs are proven to boost the immune system.
On sunny days, stop and lie down on the grass. Stick out your tongue and enjoy the sun.
On hot days, drink plenty of water and throw yourself underneath the shade of a tree. Pretend you sleep. Listen to the sounds of life going on around you.
When you are happy, dance to express yourself and share your good mood with those around you. It is contagious.
When you are arguing, accept your mistakes but don’t stay upset for a long time. It is time wasted.
Eat with lust and enthusiasm. Eating involve all your senses, so you can enjoy what is in your plate five times over.
Stop when you feel tired and take a break. It will only replenish your energy so that later you can play… I meant work… harder.
Learn to be loyal. One loyal tail is worth more than ten dishonest ones.
You cannot pretend to be what you are not, any dog will sniff you out. Be yourself, it is less exhausting and you will always know you spoke the truth.
And one of my favorite life lessons I learned from my dog:
No stick is too heavy to pick up. Don’t allow anyone to tell you that you can’t do it if you set your mind to it.
When a loved one has a bad day … be patient and sit across their chest.