Lessons We Learn from Our Dogs

Many of us have been there.  People look at us like we’re crazy when we cry over the fact that our four-legged kid has been diagnosed with cancer.  When our dogs start eating better food than we do. When we max out our credit cards and cancel vacations to pay for treatments.  When we mourn the passing of our “pet” as much as we would a human child.  It’s sometimes hard for others to understand the depth of the bonds that we share with our animal companions, especially if they haven’t had the good fortune…and blessing…to love and be loved by such beautiful souls.

A friend of mine passed this along to me today and I just had to share it.  It sums up so much of the simple beauty behind why we love our dogs so much.  And, reminds us that no matter how smart and in control we think we are, they have SO much to teach us about the true meaning of life.  So, go home today and be extra thankful for the furkids who have graced your life, and all of the amazing things they have to show us about how to really live.


  • When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

  • Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy-ride.

  • Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.

  • When it’s in your best interest, practice obedience.

  • Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.

  • 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 in 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.

  • No matter how often you’re scolded, don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout; run right back and make friends.

  • Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

  • Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.

  • 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.

About Kerry Malak

I am a Bulldog mom, Reiki Master/Teacher, pet loss counselor and canine cancer advocate who loves working with people and animals to help them live longer, happier and healthier lives.
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