Dog lovers can't imagine a life without a dog being the protagonist, the superstar, the part of your family that leaves a trail of peace and love wherever he goes.
Here are only 5 of them:
Dogs show their love.
There is nothing more exciting and uplifting that coming back home to find a dog that wags his tail, barks and jumps because you are at home! Sometimes we say "good morning" or "hi" to our family without excitement because we live in the same house and it is a routine. We only say "hi" without an exclamation sign! Why not learn from our dogs and show how excited we are to see our family and friends? Why not "Hellooo!!! I am so happy to see you!!!!" (I am sure this is the translation of our dog's excitement!)
Dogs are curious.
Dogs explore the world around like if it was an adventure to the Amazon or the Himalaya. It doesn't matter if it is only a walk in the park, they will always find new smells, new trails, new flowers… and if you bring in the grocery shopping, they want to know what is inside those bags! We can learn to see something new in our way to work, or the food we eat, experiment new flavors and find out more about the people around us, like dogs do when they run to greet and smell new people. I am not saying you have to smell your friends! But it would be nice to be more interested in what they like and what they do… and make them feel special!
Dogs are playful.
They enjoy playing! Even senior dogs keep that child spirit. They don't take life too seriously as we do. Enjoy playtime with your family and friends, learn to laugh about your mistakes, live in the present moment, take more walks with your dog, enjoy a hobby, draw, cook, play an instrument, hike, swim, knit, but have fun and enjoy every moment… just like your dog!
Dogs enjoy simple things.
Dogs love treats, toys and everything in between, but they also enjoy the simple things in life. An egg carton can be more fun to play, the papers you are trashing… try to wrinkle a paper and throw it to your dog! He will chase that paper ball. My dog enjoyed so much to roll and play with the papers on the floor that I was getting rid of, even laying down on that pile… Or what about the leaves falling from the trees? Enjoy simple things in life. Sometimes feeling the sun on your face is better than a fancy dinner at a fancy restaurant!
Dogs love people for what they are.
Dogs know who you are! They can feel it and smell it, they don't care if you are rich, poor, or how you look like, they just love you for who you are, your soul, your feelings and for being you! We can learn from dogs to look beneath the surface and to not judge people by our differences and looks, but by our kindness.
Nope. I don't think we can learn to bark. I tried it! But my dog looked at me with a question mark on her face. As much as I wanted to bark… I couldn't. But at least I have a good idea of what my dog wants when she barks! And I love her barking so much… that I recorded it with my phone.
What about you? What is the most important lesson you can learn from your dog?
Photo: © Rosa Fierro
Rosa Fierro is a graphic designer and a dog lover… an extreme dog lover! She carries her camera or phone all the time and, everywhere she goes, she shoots pictures of every dog she finds. She may have thousands of photos… She also runs Woof Love, a blog for extreme dog lovers. She loves to work with companies in the pet industry and animal organizations to create brand identities and marketing materials to help them promote their products, services or missions. She loves to connect with other pet lovers! You can find her blog and website at https://woof-love.com/ Stop by and say Hi! Or Woof!!