Life Lessons from My Dog
Updated: Apr 13
I am a dog lover—all shapes, sizes, and breeds. One of my greatest joys in life is to just spend time playing with a dog. My current four-legged family member is named Duke, a 9-month-old 90-pound black English Labrador Retriever. I adore my furry boy, but quite honestly, raising him has been challenging. The other day I realized that Duke is reminding me daily of some important life lessons you can only practice when you slow down and simplify your life. I have a picture of my last beloved dog, Rocky, along with the following reminders of how our non-human friends can help us live a more meaningful life.
* Start each day with a happy attitude * Greet each person you meet with enthusiasm * Delight in the simple joy of a long walk * Don’t be afraid to stick your head out of the window * Don’t hold grudges for very long * Support those in need of a friend * Explore everything as you walk through the day * When someone is having a bad day, be supportive * Take plenty of rests to re-energize so that you are ready for the next adventure * Loyalty is a virtue, so be loyal * Play is good * Food is better (appreciate every meal like it is your last) * A ball is all you need to feel fulfilled * Relieve yourself regularly to help reduce stress * Set your limits by marking your spot * Accept treats and a kind pat on the head whenever they are offered * Protect those you love and who love you * Show your passion and enthusiasm with gusto * When you see loved ones, act as if you haven’t seen them for years * Be your authentic self * Display love unconditionally
Dr. Alex Pattakos
I still have much to learn about patience, simplicity and living in the moment. I am so grateful I have Duke as my teacher. I would love to hear how your non-human friends have brought meaning to your life and I will add those to this list. Remember to wag more and bark less!