For those of you who have ever owned a dog, is there anything better than the focused, unconditional love you get from your pup? I mean, there are days I come home, and I know I've been a bad human that day (cranky, flipped off someone on the highway, lost my cool) but the dogs don't care. They've MISSED me, and they can't wait to hang out with me for the rest of the night. So I figure they have a handle on life that I just don't have. Here are a few things I've learned--and you can too!--from my dogs.
Love with abandon, and enjoy a good nap
Dogs are rarely "meh" about anything (unless it's the cat). For the most part, dogs are just IN LOVE with life. They love to run, they love to eat, they love their toys, other dogs, car rides, and walks. And of course, they know how to take time to rest and enjoy a nap in the sun or on their favorite blanket. If I loved and napped half as well as my dogs, I'd be the friggin' ruler of the universe.
Play a little every day
My dogs both love stuffed toys, and every day, they each play with their favorite one. You'd think they'd get tired of what now appears to be a well slobbered upon rag, but no, they still have a great time. I try allot some time every day to just relax and enjoy something I love, even if it's just a few minutes before bed with my Kindle. It's amazing how off-kilter I feel if I skip this time too often.
Guard your home base, and if friends come in, guard them like they are your own, too
Begone, mailman! Die, errant squirrell! My dogs aren't yappy, but they'll sure let you know if someone is straying too close to the outside of "their" home. Once someone's inside though, and they've seen we've accepted them, the new people are part of "their" family.
I'm kinda bad with my friends at times. I have a close circle I speak to nearly every day, and then there are others I just forget to take time for. It's not that I don't love those people, it's just that I have to work harder to be actively loyal to the people I love.
See? Dogs are good shit.
Here are a few things you can learn from your dog that I didn't include in the above list:
Hump your friends. Correct position not necessary.
Don't have a friend nearby? Pick a leg! Or a chair!
Lick yourself with intensity
Are you really clean? Really? There might be one...last...spot...aw yeah. Right there. So dirty.
Eat poo for the times you really want to smell special
Got a special date? Want to get rid of that odor from the gym? Roll in feces! The oldest you can find!
What have you learned from your dog?