24 December 2005

What my sister's Labrador Retriever taught me

Thanks to Rachel Swenson Balducci for reminding me of this one:

If a dog was the teacher you would learn stuff like:
• 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.

• When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.

• Let others know when they've invaded your territory.

• 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 in 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.

• No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout.

• Run right back and make friends.

• Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

• Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.

• Stop when you have had enough.

• 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.


~m2~ said...

your newer two posts were deep and insightful (not that this one isn't, mind you...) so i didn't want to tell there that you've been *tagged* at my blog :)

Merry Christmas!

HeyJules said...

Excellent post and exactly why I never live very long without a dog in my life.