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
Even-tempered
Good listener
Knows when to bark and when not to bark
Tolerant


Easily entertained
Calm
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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Thank you Frye Family for Cooper pics
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