My second (technically third) dog, Figa, died of cancer in November last year. My other dog, Mido, died of internal bleeding when I was still at university.
Pretty much all I do on social media in the last 6 months is looking at, commenting, and sharing dog pictures and videos. Honestly, I do nothing else.
Looking at all the happy doggos and pupperinos made me remember my own best friends and how observing their simple ways can teach us meaningful life lessons.
1. Enjoy the journey.
When dogs go for a car ride, they stick their head out the window, smell the air and feel the wind against their fur. Every walk is an adventure, every bush and stone is a new discovery worth sniffing and more often than not pissing on. They don’t care where they’re going, they’re just enjoying being on the road. Although it is important to set goals, we often forget that it’s the journey that matters most. When we get too attached to the outcome, we set ourselves up for frustration, depression or even anger if our exact expectations are not met. I know this first hand, being the laziest theoretical perfectionist known to man. Next time you set a goal, be open to other possibilities and enjoy every moment of uncertainty, creativity, excitement and lessons you may learn on the way.
2. Drink lots of water.
Apparently, dogs instinctively know when their bodies need water. They usually stop eating when they’re full (unless you’re a beagle, then you could eat the world), and won’t eat anything that seems poisonous to them, except of course, for all the nice sweets all the humans are eating. Also, rat poison seemed delicious to said beagle… But… back to water. It’s a good reminder for us to stay hydrated and drink when we’re thirsty. In fact, drinking water when you feel hungry is good for weight management because often you just need some water.
3. Don’t hold grudges.
A grudge is a feeling of resentment toward someone, whether they did something to you on purpose or accidentally. We wind ourselves up and start being upset with the world and others. A dog will never be angry with you because you didn’t give him a treat after dinner last night, because the walk was too short or because you gave more pats to the cat. Holding a grudge weighs you down emotionally and keeps you from moving forward in life. Let those feelings go, forget and forgive and you will create your own personal freedom.
4. How to greet friends (or anyone really).
When it comes to meeting new friends, most dogs heads straight for the crotch. Except when you’re a small sausage or a lazy to jump beagle. Then you just sniff around and occasionally piss yourself from happiness (this happened mostly when my granny came over, and she came every day!). Nonetheless, the crotch seems the place to sniff for gaining key intelligence, such as age, gender, and time and date of one’s last period.Like, seriously, how embarrassing is it when a strange dog you meet in the streets starts sniffing your butt?
But jokes aside, it’s natural for dogs to get excited when someone is at the door. My dogs would automatically get up and make sure to give whoever it was a big welcome, be it a kiss, a piss or a bark. Our home was anyone’s home if they were willing to give him attention (if not, the sausage would usually bite your ankles, the beagle would eat the contents of your purse).
5. Jump for joy when you’re happy.
Have you ever been as excited as a dog circling around or jumping up and down at the thought of going for a walk, getting a treat or chasing a ball? Wouldn’t it be fun if we could all jump around when we’re excited about something? We often forget to get excited and celebrate the good times because we’re already on to the next thing.I know it better than anyone, I hardly ever get excited (sad but true). Some say there is much to jump for joy about, let’s at least try!
6. Hide from children.
Both of my dogs loved children, but only from a safe distance, like through a TV screen. They didn’t mind the idea of kids I guess, but just upon hearing the most distant of child’s giggles they’d dash into their beds and remain hidden until the royal visit was over, seeking refuge at the cost of little to no oxygen.
There is great wisdom in hiding from children, whether they be your own or someone else’s. I don’t have my own so I would just avoid any children all the time. It’s been great so far.
7. Naps are important.
Have you ever been buried in homework, housework or any other work, sweating and stressing and cursing life… and then looked over to see your dog in their least modest position just napping and chilling? I envied this nap time. I envied the chill.
A dog’s approach to life could really teach us a lot about rest, peace, and success. When dogs are working, they’re completely focused, whether chasing the squirrels, fetching the ball or digging a hole hell knows why. When they’re playing, the only thing on his mind is retrieving the stick and preparing for the next run. After they’re done (and they quite often don’t want to be) they have no doubt about taking a long nap. They’re not distracted by deadlines. They work when it’s required, rest when they’re tired, and play with energy. That’s the kind of balance we all need in our lives.
So yea.. I’d like to get a dog sometime soon. Dogs are the best people <3
What do you love about your dong and what are your favourite breeds?