There’s a reason why dogs are called “man’s best friends”- these furry bubbles of love and you can bring so many wonderful things into your life. There are some obvious pros to having a dog – companionship, an increased sense of responsibility, teaching your kids about empathy and care. But what about some life lessons your dog teaches you?
I want to talk about a very special dog – my best friend Lyra. Our friendship lasted for more than a decade years. So here are the biggest 13 lessons I learned from my dog in 13 years.
Lyra just celebrated her 13th birthday last week. Even though she sometimes faces health issues, due to her age, this furry angel is still as active and loving as she was ten years ago.
Lessons We Should Learn from Dogs
She always gets what she wants, no matter what her goal is. For example, she often will come to the dinner table when we are enjoying a family meal. She will glance at your from time to time, but won’t show her true intentions. And even if she was sent to her place, she will come back at a certain time and start to lift her eyebrows till you finally give her a tasty bite. How can you say no to her angelic little face?
People should take Lyra’s advice – don’t quit until you get what you want!
2. Love Unconditionally
A lot of relationships fail because people don’t know how to love each other without trying to change one another. Character flaws or even a change in location can bring an end to the best relationship. But I know Lyra knows me the best – imperfections and all – and still loves me unconditionally. We all should try to become a person who treats others this way. Lyra was the one who taught me to be more accepting and understanding of other people shortcomings.
3. Be Joyful
Do you remember the last time when you entered your home and your dog didn’t run to you joyfully? You don’t because there they always do. Lyra and all other dogs, no matter how old they are and how hard it becomes to get up, will gladly stand up and cheer you EVERYTIME you walk through the door.
That’s something we should definitely learn from our furry friends – being happy to see our loved ones, even if it’s fifteen times a day. After all, we never know how many times to greet each other we have left.
My dog waited for me for years until I got back from the university from a different town. Her love for me never changed just because we didn’t see each other as much. Unlike with people, the physical distance between me and Lyra never affected our bond.
I feel like I owe her something for her unconditional love and loyalty she gave me. But how can you feel in debt for love? I just try to fulfill all the promises I gave and ALWAYS stand by my friends.
5. Walking Daily
Lyra is still excited by her daily walks, while for me it can be a bit hard to get up and get out. It was thanks to her I learned to appreciate the opportunity to get outside and be within nature: take in the smells, sights and feelings.
Walk more often to your work if you can instead of driving to get there – it’s a great way to start your day! Walk daily without any particular intentions in the evening. It’s the best way to clear your mind after a long day. And it’s a great exercise too!
6. Get Your Paws Dirty
One thing Lyra has taught me, that didn’t change since she was a puppy, is that if there is something that you really want you will stick to it no matter what obstacles come your way. She will cover herself in a mud to get a nice stick or will walk on a muddy road to reach her destination.
So remember: If you want to achieve the many rewards life has to offer, you need to get your hands dirty.
7. Enjoy The Little Things
Life is a journey and the most important part of it is to enjoy the little things. Dogs don’t wait for the better day to come by, they live in a present moment take from it al they can! Doesn’t matter if Lyra is feeling sick, or it’s raining outside – she’s always a cheerful bundle of joy. And the best part about it – her happiness is contagious.
If I had a dollar for every time my dog made me smile, I would be a millionaire.