My breed of choice is Old English Sheepdogs who are natural clowns and always make me smile. In addition to all the smiles and unconditional love, my dogs have offered some great life lessons.
- When your loved one comes home, run to greet him.
- Eat with gusto.
- When it’s hot, drink lots of water.
- Take naps.
- Don’t bite, just growl.
- Give unconditional love.
- Stay close to your loved ones in times of distress.
This list appeared in an Ann Landers’ newspaper column years and years ago. It’s still great advice and important lessons to learn. You can find dozens of other longer lists with equally as important things dogs teach us.
My Finnegan turned three this year and his brother Buster, twelve years. Every birthday means another year less with my best friend. As every dog lover knows our time with our four-legged best friends is all too short.
And because I know no matter how long they live, it will never be long enough, all my dogs have taught me the most important and hardest lesson of life:
Enjoy every single moment we have with our loved ones.
Knowing Finnegan and Buster and all the others who’ve gone before will only be with me a short time reminds me to soak up every second because life is too short to do anything less.
Get off the couch. Go for a walk or chase a squirrel. Have fun. Love. Laugh. Dance in the rain. Time is too short.