I’ve been surrounded by dogs since childhood. I am a true dog lover and I value the moments I spend with them. They are fun, energetic, and loving. But did you know dogs can also be our teachers?
Honestly, is there a sentient being that savors life as much as a dog? Whether they are playing in the snow, chasing their tails, or cuddling with you on the couch, our furry companions relish each moment they are given.
The best lessons in life come from the most unexpected places. If we observe closely, our dogs will be happy to share their wisdom with us.
Enjoy the Little Things
Dogs appreciate the simple things in life. Affection, fun, food, and shelter. “My human gives the best belly scratches,” they seem to be thinking. “This mud puddle is so cool and fun to roll around in”. Dogs are the masters of enjoying simplicity.
Put on your rose-colored glasses and learn to enjoy the little things. Appreciate the amazing colors of a sunset, admire flowers in bloom or lay in the grass and cloud gaze. Life is but a fleeting stage, savor each moment.
The Significant Connection
Dogs are the best greeters in the world! It doesn’t matter if you stepped out the door for five minutes or eight hours, you are always greeted with a wagging tail and slobbery kisses.
I’ve been married to my husband for 10 years. I don’t greet him with slobbery kisses, but I try my best to welcome him home with a warm hug and genuine conversation.
In a world where people are glued to their electronics, dogs give us a not so gentle reminder to show our loved ones how much they mean to us.
Dogs are natural adventure seekers. They love the chase, sights, smells, and sounds of the outdoors. These bouncing pups are always searching for new and exciting places to explore.
People tend to be creatures of habit. We create routines that are not always beneficial to our spiritual well-being. Work, cook dinner, clean up, go to bed, repeat.
What happened to our sense of adventure, our wanderlust? Get out there and explore something new. Go swimming in a lake, take a hike or ride your bicycle. You may even discover the joy and inspiring notes of nature.
The Art of Listening
Our dogs are always listening to the sounds around them. They perk up their ears, tilt their heads and tune in to what they are hearing.
People aren’t usually the best listeners. We hear the words, but are we truly listening? Show how much you care by really focusing on what the other person is saying to you.
We have all heard stories about frightened, reactive dogs that have transformed into playful, gentle, loving souls. These dogs were placed in a positive and loving environment. It took time, patience, and an abundance of love for them to overcome their fears and angst.
Since love conquers all for our furry friends, it can do the same for us. We need to learn how to love, value and care for our ourselves.
What has your dog taught you? Let me know in the comments.
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