Things We’ve Learned from our Dogs…

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Life lessons you've learned from your dog

My dog is always so optimistic and content in life.  That might be a simple thing for a dog, but there’s still something I can learn from it.  I think she’s that way because she never holds a grudge on me – despite me holding grudges on her fairly often.  She always gives me the benefit of the doubt – despite me reacting in the opposite way when she does something wrong. Despite me giving her plenty of things to hold against me in the past, she is still far too focused and immersed in the joys of her life for them to even phase her – indeed, for her to even remember them.

Life is too short not to forgive and forget.

This week I asked my friends/followers on Facebook/Twitter for some life lessons they’ve also learned from their dogs. They didn’t disappoint, giving some great (and sometimes very funny) answers. Check the wisdom…

The Facebook thread:

Wed at 3:59pm · · Like

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Denise Mullarkey

Denise Mullarkey

a lap is the best place to sit – be easily pleased by least acts of kindness, there’s no place like home – unless we get hang our heads out of the window
Wed at 4:02pm · Delete
Vanessa Ann Loviza

Vanessa Ann Loviza

my dig was nasty, but he taught me to never paint your pets toenails
Wed at 4:08pm · Delete
Alicia Conner

Alicia Conner

If you need affection – force yourself on the person you want it from until you get it.
Wed at 4:09pm · Delete
Jen Haganey

Jen Haganey

if someone offers you a hotdog after you bit their baby’s head – most likely they’re going to shoot you
Wed at 4:12pm · Delete
Jennifer Fischer McDougall

Jennifer Fischer McDougall

live in the present..and the only true unconditional love I feel is from my dog! PURe love, upmost devotion, and loyal until death!
Wed at 4:13pm · Delete
Angela Camara Kelley

Angela Camara Kelley

litterboxes double as snack machines.
Wed at 4:15pm · Delete
Michal Duke

Michal Duke

don’t sweat the small stuff, always be grateful for what you’re given and just be happy :)
Wed at 4:22pm · Delete
Jackie Fay

Jackie Fay

Always be happy when someone you love comes through the door. There’s nothng like sleeping cuddled to one (s) you love. Kisses do make everything better.
Wed at 4:23pm · Delete
Sarah Carter

Sarah Carter

Love with your whole being. Never take a moment with those you love for granted. Play as often as you can, life is too short!
Wed at 4:27pm · Delete
Andrew Stanford

Andrew Stanford

hundreds of years of genetic engineering yields an animal whose sole purpose in life is to serve it’s master….my terrier constantly monitors me just in case I have a mission for her :)
Wed at 4:31pm · Delete
Kevin Anthony Risk

Kevin Anthony Risk

Love! Love that forgives even after you hurt it :(
Wed at 4:40pm · Delete
Lauren Warner

Lauren Warner

Carrots don’t taste good.
Wed at 4:43pm · Delete
Annette Hunt

Annette Hunt

Always greet your loved ones with enthusiasm.
Wed at 4:54pm · Delete
Annette Hunt

Annette Hunt

Oh, and find great joy in the small, every day things of life
Wed at 4:55pm · Delete
Melanie Jo Younger

Melanie Jo Younger

Dog’s teach you how to love unconditionally. No matter what they do, you can’t stay mad at them. It’s good preparation for raising kids!
Wed at 5:17pm · Delete
Lei K. Zimmerman

Lei K. Zimmerman

From Rummy (The Black and Tan) when strangers approach your castle act as vicious as possible even if you aren’t. Stand your ground and give them Hell. Make them shake in their shoes!! From Rascal (The Terrior) Make a lot of vicious noise. Then attack; bite; and ask questions later while curled up in the strangers lap “making up.”
Wed at 5:18pm · Delete
Monica Coté Evans

Monica Coté Evans

When the one you love walks in the door, jump on them, lick their face, and wag your tail. Only good comes from that.
Wed at 6:01pm · Delete
Vishwanand Shetti

Vishwanand Shetti

the music vid I just posted to my profile last night is in the spirit of this request…enjoying all the simple joys of a typical day off w the dog from.
Wed at 6:09pm · Delete
Vishwanand Shetti

Vishwanand Shetti

Wiretree “Days Gone By”http://vimeo.com/6629825 for those who can’t see my profile…Enjoy!
Wed at 6:10pm · Delete
John Flynn

John Flynn

After someone kicks you make sure you run around near their feet especially at night when they come downstairs in the dark….
Wed at 6:38pm · Delete
Scott Rippetoe

Scott Rippetoe

Be nice to the person that feeds you. When they are not looking, rip up their shoe. Blame it on the cat.
Wed at 7:59pm · Delete
Kathleen Derbin

Kathleen Derbin

Shelties are the best!
Wed at 8:16pm · Delete
Jim Whall

Jim Whall

Come home one day, the dog has gotten into the garbage. I look at her. She is slinking. ‘Dog! Why! Why do you do this over and over again? You know it makes me unhappy! You know it isn’t good for you and will make you sick? Yet you do it oer and over!…Yes Lord. I’m listening. And I get the irony…’
Wed at 8:37pm · Delete
Bonnie Keller

Bonnie Keller

Never step inside the house after it rains and shake yourself off near your family.
Wed at 8:38pm · Delete
John Cannell

John Cannell

Sleep in the sunbeam.
Wed at 8:40pm · Delete
Camille Helms Souza

Camille Helms Souza

if you can master ‘puppy dog eyes’, you can get away with murder!

and persistence pays off, especially when it comes to yummies and a little lovin!

Wed at 9:01pm · Delete
Brian Ketrick

Brian Ketrick

If it’s rainig outside and you decide it would just be easier to pee or poop in the house, make sure to look as pitiful and sad as possible when your owner notices the damage. This will go along way in getting off easy, who knows, you might even get a treat out of it.
Wed at 9:30pm · Delete
Claire Warner

Claire Warner

Unconditional love
Wed at 9:46pm · Delete
Mary Alice Hunt

Mary Alice Hunt

If you stare at someone long enough in silence, eventually they will do what you want. Silent meaningful stares make people uncomfortable.

Whenever my dad’s dog wanted to go to bed at night, he would stare at Dad until he stopped watching tv and went into the bedroom. (The dog couldn’t go to sleep untili he knew everyone was settled for the night.)

Wed at 9:50pm · Delete
John Homa

John Homa

Learn how to dance…. your own style
Wed at 10:34pm · Delete
Monica Coté Evans

Monica Coté Evans

What a great request, Matthew. These responses are wonderful. :)
Yesterday at 9:17am · Delete
Barbara Le Breton

Barbara Le Breton

Don’t fret if you “accidentally” eat your master’s sandal strap; it will come out of your anus the next day.
7 hours ago · Delete

Some responses from Twitter:

gregkeuter
gregkeuter @MatthewWarner Here is my podcast where I talk about lessons from my dog titled Love and Obedience. http://tinyurl.com/y97zkz7
Debello64
Debello64 @MatthewWarner No matter how big of mess you make, there will always be someone else their to clean after you.

EvaUlian

EvaUlian @MatthewWarner I smile because it is I who have to forgive and forget all the mischief my doggy gets up to- but yes, she has to forgive too

EvaUlian

EvaUlian RT @MatthewWarner: Everyone…I need life lessons you’ve learned from your dog? :-)// My doggy may be able to help here:http://bit.ly/3sf7d

worldofnic
worldofnic @MatthewWarner http://bit.ly/dlFLO – my wife has the cat version.

lynphd
lynphd @MatthewWarner I learned that I need to be the kind of person that my dog thinks I am. I am trying to learn her kind of unconditional love


reallozeerose

reallozeerose @MatthewWarner Indiscriminate love and loyalty.


Chris_Buckley

Chris_Buckley @MatthewWarner Be as happy as the first time you met, each time your loved one walks in the door. [Tail-wagging optional.]


sullijo

sullijo @MatthewWarner Sometimes you have to clean up the mess left by someone you love.
Good stuff!  Thanks everyone!

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Angela Santana October 9, 2009 at 3:39 pm

So true! Thanks for sharing that thread.

Matt, I know you’re part of my revolution – come and join me at my new blog: http://catholicmediagirl.wordpress.com/

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