Don’t Bite When A Simple Growl Will Do

I usually ignore the jokes and “cute stories” that circulate and re-circulate through my email box endlessly.

But I did open one from my friend Diane yesterday. It was a charming essay titled “A Dog’s Purpose.”

I won’t foist all of it on you, but it concluded with a set of rules that dogs live by.

These are rules that doggies don’t have to learn.

They live by ’em naturally…

  • 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.
  • Take naps.
  • Stretch before rising.
  • Run, romp, and play daily.
  • Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
  • Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
  • On warm days, stop to lie on your back on 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.
  • 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.

Dogs sure know their stuff.

I was sitting in the backyard this past Saturday, enjoying a nice maduro cigar and listening to a Jay Boyer webinar on my iPod. Nearby, our dog Cheyenne was lying on her back in the sun, wiggling and stretching and making happy noises.

I almost shut off the iPod and joined her.

I probably should’ve.

Delight in the rest of your day.

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