Everything I Need to Know I Learned from my Dog

Just follow the dog!

When loved ones come home, run to greet them.  Give sloppy kisses and wag your tail with enthusiasm.  (They may push you away, but how can they help but love you?)

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a ride. 
Let the fresh air and the wind blow past your face and mess up your hair.  Enjoy pure ecstasy.

Practice obedience
.  Sometimes the best thing you can do is sit and listen.  If that doesn’t work you might roll over and play dead.

Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.

Take naps often and stretch before rising. 
Run romp and play daily.  Watch out for cats. On warm days stop and lie on your back on the grass. 
On hot days drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree
.  Stay in touch with the earth.  Play in the fountain.

Respond positively to attention and let the people you love touch you. When you’re happy dance around and wag your entire body.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

No matter how often you’re scolded 
don’t buy into the guilt thing.  Don’t pout or whine–
run right back and make-up.  (Okay, you can whine a little if you have a cookie balanced on your nose.)

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk. 
Eat with enthusiasm. 
Stop eating when you have had enough. STOP!

Be loyal. 
Never pretend to be something you’re not. (Remember you’re not really a dog, you’re just taking lessons from the master!)

When someone is having a bad day, 
be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.  Maybe they’ll scratch your ears.  A good ear massage can help you both.

If you want what’s buried,
 dig until you find it.  There are hidden treasures everywhere.  Now thank your dog and have a wonderful day!

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About Karen Hopkins

Karen Hopkins (1949-) was born in Los Angeles and raised in Martinez, California. At seventeen she moved to Talcahuano, Chile. After completing her university degree she worked in London, England for Pan American Airlines and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East, and India. For twenty-six years Karen taught Spanish and English as a Second Language in a variety of settings including a private school in Panama, the "most remote school in the United States"--Ticaboo, Utah, the Navajo Reservation, a teacher exchange in Hermosillo, Mexico, Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, Arizona, and Cochise College in Nogales, Arizona. She and her husband travel extensively throughout Mexico and Central America, and have spent many summers in the remote highlands of Chiapas and Guatemala with their family. Karen currently lives in Southern Arizona, near the Mexican border.
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