There is honour in being a dog.
I’ve learned a lot by simply observing my dog. I have a Shiba Inu. I was never a “dog person”, I always had cat’s because dogs seemed to take up too much space, eat too much food and require too much attention. Whereas cats simply did their own thing. When I got married, I think in place of having children we had dogs. In the divorce I was granted ownership of one of them, and I’ll tell you what I am so glad I was! As time passes I find that when I pay attention I can learn a lot from this loving, intuitive, loyal creature. This is what I have learned so far in no particular order.
- It’s Okay to lick someone’s face if you really, really like them!
- Whenever you go somewhere check the perimeter to find out what is going on and be aware of any danger that might be lurking.
- When a stranger comes to your door bark like crazy.
- When meeting strangers, if your gut tells you they are creepy stand back 50 feet and growl until they go away, if they don’t leave bear your teeth and bark so loud you split their ear drums.
- Chasing your tail offers no long term solutions, but gets a lot of laughs from everyone around you.
- Make your bed nice and comfy before getting in, take time when doing this, fluff everything up and don’t lay down until you’ve found the perfect spot.
- Always bury some bones for another day because you never know when you are going to need them.
- Protect the ones you love at any cost even if it means you have to get into a scrap with someone else.
- Lay down next to the ones you love and where ever you go stay by their side or at least always know where they are in any room.
- Love can be expressed without a word, it comes through your eyes, the tilt of your head or a gentle nudge.
- Always mark your territory so you know where you’ve been.
- If something bothers you, stop and pay attention.
- Always take a whiff of someone before you get too close to them. If they smell bad steer clear.
- If you really have to poop don’t hold it in.
- Go outside and play every single day.
- Be fascinated with nature and every little creature in it, if it’s edible chase it and then eat it, food is a good thing.
- If you stuff yourself you are going to feel bloated and you will have to sleep it off for several hours.
- If you’re tired go to sleep.
- When someone you love comes over jump up and give them lots of attention.
- When you get in a fight with someone, resolve the issue and move on to the next best thing, playing. Never hold a grudge unless that someone really hurt you then always be on guard when they come around and never trust them again.
When I observe animals what I see is that everything is so simple for them. Probably because they don’t have egos and their brains are the size of walnuts, or pellets. Not too sure about that anatomy, but mostly I think it’s because they rely more on instinct than on thought. If it feels right they do it and if it doesn’t they just don’t. The never “intentionally” hurt others and when they do fight it is simply to protect what’s theirs or to scare off something that threatens their home or food. They are also intuitive about love. They care for and protect the ones they love and never, ever judge them for their appearance or actions unless they are abusive and then they move away quietly. My dog can sense when I’m upset and she stays by my side until she senses that I am well again and she misses me when I am gone and is always happy to see me when I return. They say the dog is man’s best friend, but I think she is a woman’s best friend too, now if I can only find a man with these qualities I will be set for life!