What My Dog Has Taught Me

Spoiler alert: nobody wins.

August 14th, 2019

Things I’ve learned (and am still learning) from my dog:

  • Be kind, even when you’re hungry. Especially when you’re hungry.
  • When in doubt, try to make the human smile.
  • Lead with trust, and learn from behavior.
  • If someone hurts you, whether it be by accident or intentionally, it is always better to forgive and move on as soon as possible, even if it’s impossible to forget.
  • Love the hardest when the human is having the toughest time.
  • When someone gives you permission to kiss, never stop kissing them until you are specifically told to stop.
  • When you want something, go for it. When you still can’t get it, make the cutest face you have and hope for the best.
  • Always be friendly and introduce yourself to other dogs. And sometimes bushes. And sometimes questionable garbage.
  • Look for the best in everyone and everything, including yourself.
  • Make noise if something doesn’t feel right.
  • Fake sneeze if you really crave attention.
  • Smell everything. Especially before putting it in your mouth.
  • When it comes to being excited, passionate and showing your love, never compromise.
  • Protect your people.
  • Fear the sky.
  • Snuggling — otherwise known as pure, genuine connection — is the key to the universe.

My dog is smart. A lot smarter than I am. And these are just the things I see in her every single day.

Her last piece of advice is that she never gives it. She relies on me to see it. And that’s the best piece of advice I have ever received.


Published by dennisvogen

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