Our family seems to be growing lately by going to the dogs! In a comment I added to one of my recent blog posts called great cat quotations  I mentioned that even though our kids grew up with cats, all three of them are dog people now. They don't dislike cats, but they've chosen to own dogs instead. The puppy in the picture on the right is our latest "grand-pup" - Paisley. Our daughter Nora bought her when she moved into her own apartment last week. Paisley is a Weimaraner  that's about 7 weeks old. That makes our fourth grand-pup. Megan and Jim have a dog who's a mix of terrier and sneaky neighborhood dog, and Mark and Katie have two dogs, both of mixed heritage, that they got from the Greenville Humane Society .
I'm so used to cats now after so many years of having cats that I have a hard time understanding what dogs are trying to communicate to me. Here's a Far Side®  cartoon I can really relate to…
If you too wonder what dogs are trying to tell us…
Things we can learn from a dog
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.
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Let others know when they've invaded your territory.
Take naps, and then stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want is buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back in the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you're happy, prance around and wag your entire body.
No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout. Instead run right back and make friends.
If you stare at someone long enough, eventually you'll get what you want.
Leave room in your schedule for a good nap.
When you do something wrong, always take responsibility (as soon as you're dragged shamefully out from under the bed).
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Have you dog owners learned any lessons from your dog?
Here's a parting shot of Paisley in her crate…
"Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear." - Dave Barry
So if it's a dog's life you're leading or if you're working like a dog, learn some of the lessons above – take a moment, take a breath, and just enjoy being alive. SMILE! (without sticking your tongue out, of course!) 😛