Last week I wrote an article called Things I Have Learned From Cats. This week it is time for dogs to take center stage.
1. Don't Be Afraid To Go Out On A Ledge: Dogs often do not know what they are or are not capable of so they often times do tend to get themselves into trouble and mischief but rarely is that ever a bad thing! We can learn a lot from dogs and take more chances in life. It is better to have a little adventure than to regret not trying new things.
2. Appreciate The Value Of A Good Belly Rub: Personally I prefer a back rub but never turn down the chance to get pampered! I have never met a dog who would turn down a doggie spa, so be sure to treat yourself to a little TLC now and then.
3. Chase Things: Dogs may chase balls, frisbees, or even cars but dogs teach us to chase things important to us, such as our dreams. Dogs go by instinct with a heightened sense of danger but also a heightened sense of adventure. Don't be afraid to go for things in life.
4. Get Some Fresh Air: Dogs know better than most the value of fresh air and allowing the wind to blow on their face. We all could enjoy more fresh air, more road trips, more exploration, and enjoyment in life. Some of the best things in life are the simple things.
5. Try To Get Along With Everyone: We can learn a lot from dogs when it comes to tolerance and patience. From toddlers tugging on ears and tails, to learning to get along with our house cats, to being left behind while the family takes a vacation, dogs adjust to new situations all of the time.
6. Try To Adjust To Every Situation: Life can bring us a lot of unusual and sometimes challenging situations. Often we feel we have no real control over things. Dogs have little control over the things in their lives but they learn to adjust and adapt. Sometimes all we need to do is take a lesson from dogs and ask ourselves if we can adapt.
7. Howl A Little: Dogs have a natural instinct that is of a primal nature. They do not hold back when they feel like howling. Sometimes in this busy world we forget that sometimes it is alright to let ourselves go and be free. For us humans that may mean dancing, singing, or just acting silly. Don't hold back, sing when you feel like singing, dance in the rain, stomp in a puddle, or go for it and just howl!
8. Find And Keep One True Friend: In the digital age of social media we may lose touch with those rare friend gems who have a special meaning in our lives. Dogs attach deeply and earnestly to a select few people and animal friends. We can learn from dogs that it is important to have at least one best friend we can always count on and to cherish them.
9. Protect Your Turf: Dogs are naturally protective and cautious creatures. They are loyal and trusting to those they know, those who love them, feed them, and take care of them but they are defensive of their own home, yard, and human family. We should never let others take advantage of us, or harm us or those we love. Often in career, or in relationships we let others harm us or take advantage of us. We can learn from dogs to be more cautious, aware, and ready to defend if needed.
A Big Thank You to Suna, Lyla, Romeo, Link, and Max, as well as the other doggies in the photos I downloaded from Dreamstime (this is a referral link). A special Thank You to our beloved Brandy R.I.P.
What have you learned from your furry friends, cats or dogs, or other? I would love to hear about it in the comments!