A Day for the Dogs

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Yesterday I was at Costco buying a large bag of Purina dog chow for my loyal pet, Owen, the Wonder Dog and was in the check-out line when a woman behind me asked if I had a dog.

What did she think I had, an elephant?

So because I’m retired and have little to do, on impulse, I told her that no, I didn’t have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet again. I added that I probably shouldn’t, because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I’d lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.

I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and the way that it works is, to load your pants pockets with Purina Nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry.  The food is nutritionallycomplete,(certified), so it works well and I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was now enthralled with my story.)

Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care, because the dog food poisoned me? I told her no. I had stopped to pee on a fire hydrant and a car hit me.

I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard. Costco won’t let me shop there anymore. Better watch what you ask retired people. They have all the time in the world to think of crazy things to say.

The Incredible Healing Power of Dogs

 

It has once been said that a dog is man’s best friend, and in many ways, they are. People have various kinds of animals for their pets, cats, birds, snakes, lizards, etc., and they use them for comfort, companionship, and security, just to name a few. But for the purpose of this story, I am going to focus on the incredible healing power of dogs.

A dog is not just a friend to another person or family, they are great sources of delight, happiness, and security. There is no better creature in the world that will a smile to a terminally ill person, comfort an individual in times of anxiety and stress, or simply become a fierce, loyal friend to someone in their time of need.

So, with that in mind, sit back and enjoy the following pictures of “man’s best friend.

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Things Humans Can Learn from a Dog

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They say that dogs are man’s best friends and that’s true. But there are many great things that we as humans can learn from our little furry pets that can help better our lives and give us a better outlook on life.

I decided to share with you a few things that people can learn from a dog, that I recently found or a Pinterest page. I thought that these were very interesting and the museum it would be something fun for everyone to think about.

Things humans can learn from a dog

 

1.Never pass up the opportunity for a joyride

 

2. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy

 

3. When love ones come home, always run to greet them

 

4. When it is your best interest, practice obedience

 

5. Let others know when they have invaded your territory

 

6. Take naps and stretch before rising

 

7. Run, romp, and play daily

 

8. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm

 

9. Be loyal

 

10. Never pretend to be something you’re not

 

11. If what you want lies buried, dig for it

 

12. When someone is having a bad day be silent sit close by and nuzzle them gently

 

13. Thrive on attention and let people hug you

 

14. Avoid biting when a simple growl will do

 

15. On hot days drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree

 

16. When you are happy, dance around, and wag your entire body

 

17. No matter how often you’re scolded don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout, just run right back and make friends

 

18. Delight in the simple joy of a long walk

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Which one of those following lessons from a dog or your favorite? Are there any other things that we can learn from a dog? What do you think? Please take a moment and share them.

 

Have a great day and stay safe!

Cherish Your Dog

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I am a huge animal lover. Growing up, our house always had pets such as cats, gerbils, goldfish, and lizards. Just before I left for my first year of college, my mom and dad decided to get our first dog…needless to say, it was my favorite pet. He was a Collie-German Shepard and was smart as a whip. We could teach him tricks within five minutes…yes, he was that smart. He was just like another member of the family and he went everywhere with us. He went swimming, played soccer (he was the goalie), went for walks, protected us from strangers, on and on. He was an amazing dog that I still miss to this day.

I found the following little description of the life with a dog that I thought all my dog-lover friends out there might relate to and appreciate like I did…

It funny, but no one tells you how quickly dogs age. How one day you wake up and suddenly their face is all white and gray, how their eyes start to seem milkier than before, how you have to call their name a few more times than you used to.

People tell you not to blink when you have children, but what about the dog who was with you before your children were even thought of? The dog who was by your side before you found the love of your life, the dog who jumped from apartment to apartment in your early 20’s. No one tells you to cherish every moment you have with them.

Cherish your dog. The one who’s been there through every break up and every dumb fight with your best friend. That dog who slept in the bed with you when you were lonely and made you feel safe when you left home. Cherish him, because one day you’ll take him on a walk and he’ll start to get tired before you and you’ll realize just how many years he’s been walking by your side.

Cherish your dog.

Why Dogs Live Less Than Humans

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Dogs really are man’s best friend. Most people have had some sort of pet sometime in the life and can attest to the fact that they were a joy to have. Dog’s are usually the most favorite kind of animal that people have. There is no other pet that is so adoring, loving, faithful, happy, and dedicated to their masters. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and for many people, this sad time can be very sad, depressing, and lead to a great deal of despair. On the other hand, there are some instances in which people remember fondly their pet, learn from the situation and move on. They look at the circumstances from a different perspective.

Such is the case in today’s story. A dear college friend of mine, Heidi, sent me the following story which…I am sure…will warm your heart and, maybe, cause you to look at life a little differently.

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Here’s a surprising answer from a 6-year-old child.

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owner Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle,

I examined Belker and found that he was dying of cancer. I told the family that we couldn’t do anything for Belker and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for their old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me that they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped away peacefully.

The boy seemed to accept the transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that dogs’ lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, “I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It changed the way I try and live.

He said, “People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life like loving everybody all the time and be nice, right?” The six-year-old continued.

“Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay for as long as we do.”

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Live Simply.

Love Generously.

Care Deeply.

Speak Kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When your loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

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, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be faithful.

Never pretend to be something you’re not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

 

That’s the secret of happiness that we can learn from a good dog!

 

 

If you Need A Smile Today…You Need to Watch This!

Photo Credit: Adina Voici via Pixabay

Photo Credit: Adina Voici via Pixabay

Every once in a while, I come across a video that brings a smile to my face and makes me want to watch it over and over.

We all know that there are special bonds between people and their pets but there seems to be something really beautiful, joyful, and innocent about a toddler and a puppy. What’s makes the video even nicer, is listening to the toddler squeal in delight as his pet plays with him…then gives him a special treat at the end.

If this little video clip doesn’t bring a smile to your face…nothing will!

Today’s video

Why Dogs Make the Perfect Babysitter

There is nothing better than “man’s best friend” when they are “taking care” of our kids. Hope this little video makes you smile and allows you to have a great day!

Dog Angels

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Photo Credit: dogwarsallianceinfo.yolasite.com

It has once been said that “A dog is man’s best friend.” I know one thing for sure, I had an awesome dog as a kid and he WAS one of my best friends, Here’s a cute little poem dedicated to all of our “friends” who have left this earth to go to the “Great Beyond.”

DOG ANGELS

I found a penny today

Just laying on the ground

But it’s not just a penny

This little coin I’ve found

 

Found pennies come from heaven

That’s what my Grandpa told me

He said, “Dog-Angels toss them down.”

Oh, how I loved that story

 

He said, “When a Dog-Angel misses you

He tosses a penny down,

Sometimes just to cheer you up

To make a smile out of your frown.”

 

So don’t pass by that penny

When you’re feeling blue,

It may be a penny from heaven,

That your dog has passed to you.

 

Are There Dogs in Heaven?

Photo Credit: Bob Jagendorf via Flickr

Photo Credit: Bob Jagendorf via Flickr

A friend of mine recently had to put her beloved pet dog down. She had had it for many years. It had become very sick and the day came that she and her husband knew that it was time for the dog to be put to sleep.

Many people around the world draw very close and attached to their pets. Their pet becomes “one of the family”, so when it’s time for the animal to pass on, it can be a very emotional, gut wrenching time in their life.

The following story was sent to me from my friend who experienced these feelings recently when they had to say good-bye to their little buddy. They used this story to comfort themselves during this rough time.

Are there dogs or any other kinds of pets in Heaven? I don’t know…there probably will be. It is my hope that this little story will bring comfort to someone today.   

An old man and his dog were walking down this dirt road with fences on both sides, they came to a gate in the fence and looked in. It was a nice grassy, woody area, just what a ‘huntin’ dog and a man would like, but, it had a sign saying ‘no trespassing’ so they walked on.

They came to a beautiful gate with a person, wearing a white robe, was standing. “Welcome to Heaven he said. The old man was happy and started in with his dog following him. The gatekeeper stopped him. ”Dogs aren’t allowed. I am sorry but he can’t come with you.”

“What kind of heaven won’t allow dogs? If he can’t come in, then I will stay out here with him. He’s been my faithful friend and companion all his life. I can’t desert him now.”

“Suit yourself, but I have to warn you, the Devil is on this road and he will try to sweet talk you into his area. He will promise you anything but the dog won’t be able to go there either. If you won’t leave the dog, you will spend eternity on this road.”

So the old man and the dog continued on their journey. They came to a run-down fence with a gap in it, no gate, just a hole. Another man was inside. “Excuse me sir, my dog and I are getting mighty tired. Do you mind if we come in and sit in the shade for a while?”

“Of course. There is some cold water under that tree over there. Make yourselves comfortable.”

“You’re sure my dog can come in? The man down the road said that dogs were not allowed anywhere.”

“Would you come in if you had to leave your dog?”

“No sir. That’s why I didn’t go to Heaven. He said that the dog couldn’t come in. We’ll be spending eternity on this road, and a glass of cold water and some shade would be mighty fine right about now. But, I won’t come in if my buddy here can’t come too, and that is final.”

The man smiled a big smile and said “Welcome to Heaven.”

“You mean this is Heaven? Dogs ARE allowed in Heaven? How come that fellow down the road said they weren’t?”

“That was the Devil and he gets all the people who are willing to give up a life-long companion for a comfortable place to stay. They soon find out their mistake, but then it’s too late. The dogs come here. The fickle people stay there. God wouldn’t allow dogs to be banned from Heaven. After all, He created them to be man’s companions in life, why would he separate them in death?”