This is a bit of a random blog post, but as I was walking my dogs today I had the realization that my dogs are happier than I am all the time. Today, person after person pointed out my dog’s big goofy grin as she trotted along on our walk. I enjoy my life, it’s actually really great, but there’s something about the way my dog approaches things that leaves me feeling like I have something to learn.
So, I came up with a list of things my dogs do that I wish I was better at:
- My dog is excited to see absolutely everyone.
- I mean, she is ecstatic. It is the best day that has ever happened when she meets a new person. In return, her new human friend is flattered and delighted to interact with her. I on the other hand avoid eye contact and pray I don’t have to stop and chat.
- My dog doesn’t care where we’re going.
- While I worry about route, length of walk, and what time I’ll get back home, she just enjoys the journey.
- My dogs will actually stop and smell the roses.
- Well, and other dog’s pee, but they at least appreciate things around them in a way I should really pay attention to.
- She has boundless energy in everything she does.
- With hops, jumps, excited barks, my dogs lives life to the fullest and she’s always going to invest all of herself in things. I drink coffee to do just about anything (like writing a blog).
- Play is serious business
- It does not matter if there are other dogs, people, or coffee tables with delicate glass in the way. Play happens spontaneously and it is approached like a frat boy on a Friday night. Maybe I don’t wish I was like this entirely, but I should stop and have more spontaneous fun.
- When she’s tired, she rests.
- One of the things that saddens me the most about myself is that I am incapable of napping and bad at taking breaks. My brain is always buzzing, I can never quite get comfortable, and I’ve probably had way too much coffee. On the other hand, I sleep really well at night. I do wish I had the ability to rest without guilt like my dog does. I think she has the right idea.
Did I miss anything that dogs are especially good at that humans might not be great at? Leave me a comment.