Owning a dog can be one of the most rewarding experiences of this earthly life, and can also be one of the most fruitful friendships in which you’ll ever partake. Of course, everyone desires a polite pup with good manners. Sometimes, though, we get so caught up in training our tail-waggers that we forget that they have a few lessons to teach us, too. Our furry friends can be some of our wisest advisers if we take a few pages out of their playbooks. We’ve compiled a list of the ten best life lessons we’ve learned from our precocious pets.
10. Don’t judge a book by its cover.
This old adage stands true for dogs as much as for their human counterparts, and we’d be wise to apply the rule to both species. The gigantic dogs delivering thundering barks often carry the most gentle hearts. A ten-pound pooch may display more resolve than any of his larger working-class peers.
A dog doesn’t know its own size and therefore will never underestimate itself.
The lesson to take away from this? You are exactly what you make yourself out to be. There could be a great lion sleeping inside a small lamb if you believe there is. Don’t forget to apply this underdog principle to those around you, too.
9. You are NEVER too old to enjoy a good game.
Whether your pal is a six-month-old puppy or a twelve-year-old senior, he or she will find it impossible to deny a new squeaky toy. Even the oldest dogs can get excited about a good game of fetch, albeit at a slower pace.
In the end, dogs just want to have fun, and they understand that you need to slow down and take a moment to enjoy life.
The same is true for people. Even with adult responsibilities, there should always be time set aside to crack a smile and laugh a little.