Live like a dog

25 Mar

I know that i have made this post before, but i decided i would re-post it, and this time add some pictures.

Dogs bring many things into our lives: friendship, endless love, loyalty, a listener, someone to exercise with, a work mate and much more. Studies have shown that owning a dog can enhance our life and even our health, largely due to the happy hormones we release when we are around them. If we look a little closer into man’s best friend, we could certainly learn a few more lessons that could help improve our lives.

1. Be loyal: You hear the word loyal, you see a dog. They are faithful and reliable. Even a dog that has been abused by humans its whole life can forgive and forget. Dogs don’t hold grudges. They love us unconditionally.

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2. Forgive and forget. Ever accidentally stood on your cat’s tail and its ignored you for days? Cats are like that. Dogs, are not. A dog will want to be your friend no matter what you do to him. It is one of his best and possibly worst traits (making them an easy target for the wrong people). It’s not that they cant remember when something bad happens, its that they choose not to. They live in the moment, and love every minute of it. Don’t hold on to the memory of that friend who couldn’t make it to that event you organised, forgive them, forget it and move on.

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3. When loved ones come home, always run to greet them. Every time your dog see’s you, its like they havent seen you in years. They run up to you, wagging their tail, panting, jumping up and desperate to give you as many kisses as you will accept from them. Maybe you should greet people with the same excitement (although maybe you shouldn’t smother them with kisses or sniff their crotch).

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Kisses from Maya

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Kisses from Max

4. Thrive on attention and let people touch you. Being alone is nice sometimes, but you also need to be around people. Share your life with others.

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Maya gets a tummy rub

5. Avoid biting when a simple growl will do. There is no need for a fill blown argument when a simple discussion can solve a problem. Don’t overreact.

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6. Live life to the fullest: Everything in a dog’s life is something new. The same boring old walk around the field might feel monotonous and boring to you, but your dog will find something new to appreciate, a new scent, taste, sight or sound. Every day is a gift, look out for new things and appreciate everything.

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Maya shows Max what is hidden under the snow… an old tree stump

7. Run, romp and play daily. Ever noticed just how much your dog loves spending time in the great outdoors, just playing. We all know that exercise is good for our minds, but it is also good for our mind and our spirit. We have all had periods of time where we have barely left the house for any manner of reasons, but it makes you feel rubbish, doesn’t it? Go for a daily hike, a small jog or just play outside with your four legged friend, it will make you feel energized and happier. Hanging out in the great outdoors with your dog is a great way to bond.

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Maya racing behind me along the beach when she was just a few months old

8. Take naps. Whoever says naps were a waste of time, has clearly never had one. Dog’s will settle down and take a nap anywhere: a comfy bed, the kitchen floor, a shady patch under the tree, anywhere is a good nap spot. We might not just sleep anywhere, but that doesn’t mean that a nap isn’t good for us. Studies show 15 to 30 minutes a day is the perfect length nap to leave us feeling energized and more alert. Take a few minutes out of each day to find a comfy spot and curl up with your dog to get some much needed zzz’s.

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The perfect nap, surround by my puppies

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Maya and Max cuddle up on my lap for a nap

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She makes a great pillow

9. On warm days, stop to lie on the grass. Appreciate the things around you. The blue sky, the birds singing, a cool breeze, everything is something special if you just take a moment to really see it.

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So, they are not lying on the grass, but you get the idea – appreciating their surroundings

10. Never pretend to be something your not. There is no pretending with a dog, if it is happy then its happy, if its not, its not. Let people see you for who you are and let them love you for it.

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Maya doesn’t care what she looks like

11. When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body. If something good happens that makes your want to jump for joy, then jump for joy. It feels much better to show your happiness than play it cool and pretend you don’t care.

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Max loving his first experience of the snow

12. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride. Ok, so maybe don’t go for an actual joyride, but get in the car and go for a drive, see where you end up. You might find a new place that you never knew existed, or maybe just enjoy the scenery

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13. Stretch before rising. It sounds simple, but feels good.

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14. Anyone can be a friend. Dogs are probably one of the few animals that can make friends with any other species. They get on with each other, humans, cats, farm animals and there has even been a story of a dog and a dolphin who were best friends. As a human, say hello more often, hold a door open, give directions. We are always in a rush, or judging people on what they look like, what they are wearing, how they speak, when really we should just be smiling.

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My old dog Clay and the “wonder cat” Sam – We were speaking earlier about how the night before Clay got put to sleep because he got hepatitis, Sam spent the whole night by his side

15. When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently. Sometimes people just need to know that you are there for them. A dog is great at comforting you, they don’t need to know whats wrong, they just know that they want to make you feel better and will wait by your side until you do.

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Maya is always there to comfort me when i’m down

“There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. So, love the people who treat you right. Think good thoughts for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of LIFE…Getting back up is LIVING…”

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Maya certainly knows how to live… but do you?

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One Response to “Live like a dog”

  1. Wendy Quinn March 26, 2013 at 1:53 am #

    wise words x

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