21 August 2010

Top Ten: Dog Lessons

Fifteen years ago I was not-quite-terrified of dogs. Then I lived with Mr. Kuma, the world's nicest dog. Kuma showed me that big toothy dogs are actually really quite gentle. Then we had Nutter, aka "Squirt the Brain Damaged Mutt," who was a real lesson in patience and gentleness. Then I worked at the animal shelter and met hundreds of dogs. They taught me all sorts of stuff. Now we have Rufus and Rocky and as I watch them I see more lessons to learn. Here are ten.

10: Play hard, it makes you sleep well.

9: Enjoy your food, even if it's the same thing every day.

8: Sleep more when it's dark and cold outside.

7: Dare to ask for what you want.

6: Have no shame.

5: Elect not to mind.

4: Pestering someone until they like you can work if done right.

3: Never apologize for your taste and preferences.

2: Don't let correction ruin your mood.

1: Always be ready to turn work into fun.

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