Anyone who knows me is well aware that I am a huge animal lover. I have always had a pet and I often crave going into the wilderness just to hear the sounds of animals. The reason for this is that I have always thought of animals as our greatest teachers. They haven’t yet been “taught” how things should be so they live in their natural state. This allows them to encompass a level of happiness we forget exists. They don’t worry about judgment or fear rejection; they just are who they are. There is something simple and genuine about their existence that reminds me of our basic nature; which is too often lost in the world we have created.
A great example of this comes from my own household. I have four dogs, three of which are rescues. These dogs have had horrific lives that I can’t even begin to imagine, yet they love any human they come in contact with. They are constantly full of joy, loyalty and love; all of which humans tend to struggle with when they have been betrayed by those close to them. It amazes me and I am very grateful for the lessons they teach me.
In honor of our fury teachers, below is a short list of lessons I believe dogs can teach us if we are willing to listen and be good students. Hope you enjoy!
- Live in the moment – always.
- Be excited every time you see someone you love, and show them.
- Don’t hold the past against someone, especially when they aren’t the one that hurt you.
- Enjoy the small things like lying in the sun, going for a car ride, eating and playing with a friend.
- Exercise often, even if it is just running around in circles.
- Don’t hold back your happiness; express it with your whole body.
- When someone you love is having a bad day simply sit and cuddle with them.
- Relax and take naps, often.
- Don’t worry about what others think; just be who you are.
- Love with your whole heart and give as many kisses as you can.
*October is adopt a shelter dog month. For more information check out this article. I rescued these three boxers from Boxer Luv Rescue. There is a rescue for almost any breed in every state. If you aren’t in a position to take in an animal you can “click to donate” and help these shelter animals on The Animal Rescue Site or Care2. 🙂