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A Dog’s Purpose

March 10, 2012

Dogs were put on this Earth to be our faithful companions and, maybe more importantly, to show us how we should live our own lives. We should watch them and learn what they instinctively know:

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.

Be satisfied with the nourishment and shelter that you have.

Take naps.

Lie closely in the bed and share the warmth.  Stretch before rising. 

Wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed without caffeine.  Run, romp, and play daily.

Always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains.  Value companionship.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.  Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

Resist complaining and boring people with your troubles.  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.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.  Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you’re not.  Take criticism and blame without resentment

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.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 13, 2012 11:47 PM

    I’m reading the best book ever. It is called The Social Lives of Dogs,The Grace of Canine Company By Elizabeth Marshal Thomas. I will say it is the best book that I have ever read.I am so grateful for the tidbits that she shares from her extremely intuitive life with dogs and cats. I want to buy everyone a copy. I am on the look out for copies at Goodwill now. It is a must read. It will tickle your funny bone, bless your heart and make you cry plus make you spoil your dog even more.

  2. March 17, 2012 7:58 PM

    I made the mistake of holding a little puppy chihuahua/dacshund mix at Petsmart today. Dang, I wanted it so bad I almost stole it! I tried twice to give it back to the shelter people but they were too busy. I’m sure Jeff would have divorced me if I’d brought it home.

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