Monday, January 31, 2011

Life Lessons: Dogs

A card during the holidays included the above picture of Cooper. Just looking at Cooper makes you smile because he always seems happy. I attached the picture to my refrigerator in case I ever need to be reminded to smile. This picture got me thinking about the life of this dog and I realized how much we could all learn if we could be more like Cooper.

Cooper Qualities

Endless patience
Good listener
Knows when to bark and when not to bark

Easily entertained
Up for anything
Well behaved

Favorite thing to do: be as close to his people wherever they may be...

Basically, Cooper is content. How about you⎯could you say that about yourself? If not, perhaps you need to start adding a few Cooper Qualities on your “to do” list. Perhaps we all could learn to just "be" Cooper.

The following has been around for a while and many of you may have heard it before, but I thought this might be a good place to remind you since we are leaving it to the dogs this week.
  • Always run to greet loved ones when they come home.
  • Never pass the opportunity to go for a joy ride.
  • Recognize the ecstasy of fresh air and wind in your face.
  • Take naps.
  • Stretch before rising.
  • Run, romp and play daily.
  • Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
  • Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
  • On warm days, lie on your back in the grass. On hot days, drink lots of water and find the shade.
  • When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
  • Enjoy long walks.
  • Be loyal.
  • Never pretend to be something you're not.
  • If what you want is buried, dig deep until you find it.
  • And, when someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
  • We'd be better off, better people . . . if we acted more like dogs.
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© Copyright 2011 Michelle Clark
Thank you Frye Family for Cooper pics