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10 Things I Learned From My Dog

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2012

Updated: Thursday, August 9, 2012 13:08

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Sir Franklin J. Doggingham can teach you a thing or two about life.

Sometimes my dog is adorable; sometimes she eats poop. Although we live our lives on completely different terms, there is a lot my dog has taught me about life. 

1. Love unconditionally

There is a reason why dogs are man’s best friend. There is no other love like the love a dog has for its owner. No matter who you are or what mistakes you’ve made, a dog will love you through it all and make you feel like you matter. We should all seek a love like that.

2. Listen

Let’s be honest, how many times have you caught yourself talking to your dog? It’s a good thing our furry friends can’t talk or we might not know the value of just listening.

3. Trust your instincts

A dog knows bad blood when they see it (sense it? smell it?). So whether it’s steering clear of a shady neighbor or a big career move, trust your instincts. 

4. Play

Even at the busiest and most stressful moments in life (especially the most stressful). We should always take time to play.

5. Leashes are the enemy

Avoid them at all cost. They will only hold you back.

6. Run

It’s good for the soul.

7. Forgive

Forgiveness is easier for dogs than it is for humans, but even on its worst day a dog is happier than a resentful human.

8. Own your bark

Or your voice. Don’t let anyone silence it.

9. Stop and smell the roses

Like your dog on a walk, take the time to slow down smell the roses. Not the poop though. Don’t smell the poop.

10. Chase the ball

And when you chase the ball, chase it like nothing else matters.

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