In her book, On Toby’s Terms, my friend and best selling author Charmaine Hammond writes about how her dog Toby misbehaved for months when they first brought their rescue dog home.   She finally realized that like humans Toby needed a purpose for his life.  Once he found his purpose as a Pet Therapy dog his behavior improved and life became much easier for Toby and his owners.  The book goes on to explain other lessons she learned from her dog.  We all can learn things from our pets.  It makes me wonder why humans can’t be more like them.  If we were, we would love unconditionally and give without wanting anything in return.  Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

·      Always run to greet your loved ones;  

·      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;  

·      Take naps;  

·      Stretch before rising; 

·      Eat only when you're hungry; 

·      Run, romp, and play daily;  

·      Thrive on attention and let people cuddle you;  

·      Avoid biting when a simple growl will do;  

·      On warm days, stop to lie on your back on 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;  

·      Delight in the simple joy of a long walk;  

·      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;  

Wouldn’t this world be a better place to live if we behaved more like our dog?  How happy and healthy we would be.  Our lives would be much more rosey.

The Dog



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