It goes without saying that our dogs can teach us a lot about life. Sometimes it takes losing them to really solidify those lessons, and teach us what is important. After losing my dog in 2010, I wrote a few posts about the horrific experience of his sudden demise from disease. Then I wrote this post about some of the things I learnt about life through loving and losing him, and the aftermath of that experience.
I love looking back at this post, because it reminds me to remember how I felt! It is easy to drift from these lessons, and blogging about them at the time helps you go back and remember what was so important. So the horrible loss wasn’t in vain.
Here is the original post from October 15th 2012, 18 life lessons from my dog, originally posted here on DOGthusiast.
18 life lessons from my dog
- work/life balance.
- it is possible to have a job and care for him/her very well at the same time – I thought this would be harder than it actually is before I adopted my first dog.
- you don’t need a yard to adequately take care of even high-energy work dogs. It’s better to take them on walks/jogs and do business farther away from the house than out in a yard.
- it is absolutely insane that older, black dogs are sometimes the last to be adopted because they are so terrific and stupendous companions.
- how highly-adoptable, terrific, calm and stable, cute, wonderful dogs do get killed in “shelters”. Adopt dogs, because you don’t need to buy them at 10-20x the cost.
- what a “heart dog” or “soul dog” is.
- what keep calm and carry on means… however, life stress can go beyond stress reduction capabilities of a dog.
- every dog is really individual, but the fundamentals are all quite similar.
- life isn’t about money.
- it’s more fun to do things with a dog.
- cats can mix with dogs just fine. And the cat is in charge.
- you can never tell another dog person what to do, or something about their dog, unless they ask.
- what family is (and it includes dog).
- I don’t handle crisis situations (my dog getting hit by a car, struck by a swift terminal illness) well.
- after losing a soul dog, you can love another dog again – and adopt soon after the loss.
- it is a pretty great day to get outside, have some fun, then lounge on the couch or bed. Then go outside again.
- what unconditional, no-strings-attached, bi-directional, stress-free love really is. Because you can’t find this with humans.
- And when one of my dogs died, I learned this.
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