Life Lessons from a dog

Centralia, Missouri
October 20, 2015 12:55pm CST
1. When in doubt kiss it. By this I mean, use your senses to asses new situations. Try things. Eat new foods, experience and love life! 2. Always be glad to see your peoples. When your significant other, or family comes home, take at least a moment, stop what you are doing, and be genuinely glad to see them. It's a rough world out there sometimes, and that moment of being the most important thing for at least a minute can really make someones day. 3. Make the most of your time. If you are playing, give it all you have. If you are napping nap with abandon! 4. Fun is everywhere. Sometimes something stinks, like going to the vet, but the trip is fun. Find fun and happiness, even if it's in the small things. What life lessons have your dogs (or cats or pets) added?
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@Freelanzer (6558)
• Canada
20 Oct 15
Dogs are the most trusting beings I know and you can learn a lot from them about trust
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• Centralia, Missouri
20 Oct 15
yeah if they don't like someone, it's time to pay attention.
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@Susan2015 (19230)
• United States
20 Oct 15
@Jessicalynnt They are very good at knowing who is trustworthy and who is not. I always pay attention to how they act around other people.
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@jstory07 (59763)
• Roseburg, Oregon
20 Oct 15
Patches teaches me to be happy just to see the ones that I love. She is always purring.
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• Centralia, Missouri
21 Oct 15
heh, I wonder what our loved ones would do if we greeted them the same way our fuzzy babies do
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• Preston, England
21 Oct 15
from my cat - not everyone appreciates surprise presents, especially being offered mice or birds in the night - such ingratitude
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• Centralia, Missouri
21 Oct 15
oh good one! Dogs bring me nasties sometimes too, and they are so proud of themselves!
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@valmnz (13118)
• New Zealand
21 Oct 15
@arthurchappell your cat and my Smooch would get along well!
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• Preston, England
21 Oct 15
@Jessicalynnt the worst was when I had a Boxer dog - she dragged a hedgehog in which I found in the dark by standing on its spines - hurt like Hell.
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@Tampa_girl7 (22224)
• United States
20 Oct 15
They love unconditionally.
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• Centralia, Missouri
21 Oct 15
yeah, not sure people can actually do that.
@Susan2015 (19230)
• United States
20 Oct 15
Very good article @Jessicalynnt.. Our two can make us laugh a lot. Of course, there is the flip side, like peeing on the floor and me having to clean it up, but it is what it is. Just like a person, if you have to go then you have to go. They have feelings just like we do.
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• Centralia, Missouri
22 Oct 15
maybe the lesson in peeing is to not be afraid to see to your needs! hahaha
@valmnz (13118)
• New Zealand
21 Oct 15
Wonderful and so true! Love the reminder of all of these. I think we humans sometimes treat our pets better than our partners in life.
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• Centralia, Missouri
21 Oct 15
often yeah, they never hold a grudge, they always love us, they forgive and forget, people are much more complicated
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@valmnz (13118)
• New Zealand
21 Oct 15
@Jessicalynnt now I'm looking forward to my dog sitting this weekend even more.
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• Centralia, Missouri
21 Oct 15
@valmnz if you were closer I have a puppy I could loan you anytime, lol
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@kevin1877uk (36284)
20 Oct 15
I've had a few dogs when I was married and my ex-partner had cats which where nice to have, they give you so much love. Now I have no pets at the moment.
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• Centralia, Missouri
20 Oct 15
I had to find a place where I could have some animal time, if it was only helping out at a no kill shelter, when we had no pets, they are so much a part of my life, I can't stand not having at least 1 cat or dog.
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@kevin1877uk (36284)
20 Oct 15
@Jessicalynnt Aww so you'll always have one or the other then.
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• Centralia, Missouri
21 Oct 15
@kevin1877uk yeah, they really help me keep from being constantly in panics, hard to get too panicy when you are covered in snoring dog
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@sugartoes (35501)
• Greencastle, Indiana
10 Nov 15
one thing I can add to this is when my day don't go right I can take either one of my (8) dogs go for a walk & spend time with it a few hrs & by the time I come back I feel SO much better dogs have a sense that when we're not happy they will fill that space the best they can they know when you don't feel good they know when you need their help. they love us without fear they miss us when we're gone or they haven't seen us for the day.
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• Centralia, Missouri
10 Nov 15
they really have that whole unconditional love thing down!
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@sugartoes (35501)
• Greencastle, Indiana
10 Nov 15
@Jessicalynnt yes they do that's for sure
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@minx267 (11160)
• Hartford, Connecticut
21 Oct 15
My dogs have taught me patience. I used to be pretty impatient when I got my first dog we learned from each other.. I taught him and my other little girl to walk off lead. He always walked ahead of me and she always walked behind me.. They liked to smell stuff and sometimes you just can't rush a dog :) so I learned patience.. take your time and stop and smell the roses.. :)
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• Centralia, Missouri
21 Oct 15
Very good one, we humans to get to rushing sometimes and the animals, well they know the pleasures in the small slow things
@minx267 (11160)
• Hartford, Connecticut
22 Oct 15
@Jessicalynnt Yes, and why make your blood pressure rise getting all bent out of shape because things aren't falling into a certain time slot.. Just take things as they come.. in the end it all works out. Well hopefully... The dogs lead a carefree lifestyle and I'd rather enjoy that than dealing with Appointments and work and people..
@Micmac (6982)
21 Oct 15
My cat taught me how to butter up somebody to get what you want. Cats are inquisitive, friendly and loving as well.
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• Centralia, Missouri
21 Oct 15
I love it, reminds me of my dogs all sitting at my feet staring quietly at my food, they know if they stare long enough I will relent and share
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@Micmac (6982)
22 Oct 15
@Jessicalynnt Gotta love cheeky pets!
@allknowing (56748)
• India
21 Oct 15
Preiti has taught me many things and one thing stands out and that is to not to worry if there is no variety in the food. (lol)
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• Centralia, Missouri
22 Oct 15
lol I love that, they do take pleasure in the art of eating...anything really
@sofssu (14717)
21 Oct 15
Do what it takes to make you happy in your present circumstances.
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• Centralia, Missouri
21 Oct 15
very true! Even if that's a nice nap in the sunshine or a broken shoe to chew on, they find a way
@DianneN (62827)
• United States
20 Oct 15
I no longer have pets, but am watching my son's cat for him. I have learned that pets are always loving and are always there to listen.
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• Centralia, Missouri
21 Oct 15
ah, one I didn't think of, the fact you can tell them ANYTHING and they keep confidences well
@celticeagle (114430)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Oct 15
Our cats have taught me that sleep isn't such a bad thing. They do a lot of it. And, that certain body parts hold great mystery.
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• Centralia, Missouri
21 Oct 15
hAHAHAHAHAHAHA, or that certain parts need bathed much more often? lol
• United States
20 Oct 15
What she has given us over her 4 years of life are smiles and laughs and we love her for it.
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• Centralia, Missouri
20 Oct 15
Very true! So many chuckles over silly antics
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