A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.
– Josh Billings
Many of you already know about Presley Pearl – the most interesting dog in the world. She has been with us for 2 years now and has been a great teacher. In fact, most of what we all could stand to discover about success, I’ve now been taught from her.
These are the things I’ve learned so far:
1. If you come to a point in the road where another dog has already done its business successfully, do your business, too. They’ve already done something right and moved on. Claim their property as yours.
2. How you look counts – sometimes you have to put on a costume to get a treat. Okay, you’ll eventually get the treat, anyway, but the costume brings the treat your way a little sooner.
3. When you meet a new dog: Growl a little. Ignore a little. Play a little. And don’t forget that sniffing bit. That sniffing bit is really, really important. The rest is all for show.
4. Everyone needs a daytime toy. For playing.
5. Everyone needs a nighttime toy. For comfort.
6. Stalk imaginary prey every chance you get. Attack it. Toss it. Rip it apart. Disembowel it. This will keep your teeth, your wits, and your reactions sharp.
7. Don’t eat rocks. They’re hard on your teeth. They don’t digest well. And, in the end, they’re not good for your . . . end.
8. When stalking imaginary prey, always remember not to bite real people. Real people don’t like that much.
9. Nap when you can. Part of your job is to slumber so you are fully rested for eating, playing, and pooping.
10. One of you is the alpha dog. If you don’t claim your spot on the top of the couch, someone else is going to take it.
11. Sometimes, you’re not as big as you think you are. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t act that big. It does mean, however, you might need to move out of the way so you don’t get stepped on.
12. Always eat on schedule. It keeps everything else . . . well, you know . . . on schedule.
13. It’s okay to cuddle under the covers with someone. Just don’t shed, pass gas, or hog the bed.
14. Be really excited to see your favorite people. It makes them feel good. And you get held, kissed, and rewarded.
15. Be really dejected when your favorite people leave you alone. It will make them think twice about abandoning you in the future. At the very least, you’ll get another one of those treats when they do have to leave and they’ll promise to return to you.
16. You can’t always jump up to or jump down from really high places by yourself. It’s okay to get a helping hand to lift you up or set you down gently.
17. Stop being so anxious when traveling to new places or meeting new people. Most of the time, new places and new people are good for you.
18. When you’re excited and happy, everyone around you is excited and happy. And if they don’t get excited and happy with you, they’re just morons to begin with.
19. You don’t always have to do it, but be prepared to roll over on your back. Most of the time, you will get your belly rubbed.
20. If you’re going to bark, be prepared to bite. It’s just bad form to bark and then run away.
21. Don’t be a pig when you eat. Slow down and enjoy your feast. There will be more where that came from.
If you take the time to notice, there is real truth we can learn from our pets. But you must find that time and that truth on your own. Let me know what lessons you’ve learned from your little (or not so little) furry friends.
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