What I've Learned from my Dog
I’ve been contemplating a lot of things lately. You know how you go for a few hours on one of those mental journey's about life, what you need to change, what is good or how did I end up here journey's? In the midst of contemplating, Diesel the Wonder dog sat at my side, giving me that look -- oh, jeez, she's at it again. Well, maybe there will be a snack in it for me if I sit and give her my best sad eyed look.
Staring into those eyes made me realize that on life's journey all I really need to do is be more like my dog.
Yeap, I’ve discovered that the more I’m around this genius of a dog, the more I want to be like him, well, minus the fleas. Diesel has life figured out. Here's what I've discovered about life, courtesy of Diesel, the Wonder dog.
1. Learn to growl. I will no longer argue with a bank teller who makes a mistake, or scream at that obnoxious service desk cashier, or try to reason with a hormonal teenager. There will be no more vocal tantrums at stupid drivers, or exasperated explanations to the Bureau of Motor Vehicle workers, instead I’ll just growl.
This procedure works best. You start slow and low, making the growl last a good long time, nothing too scary, no teeth showing, and then stare at them. I’ve never gotten such prompt service in my life as I have after using this technique.
2. Whining and begging 101. I never really learned to do this one very well and no wonder, I was still clinging to that tried and true foot-stomping, whiny voiced, arms folded over chest technique. Not anymore. I have refrained from using the “please, can I, or I really need that or why not?,” ploy and opted for the Diesel version.
Drop your head slightly, (sad eyes help here), peer up and over your glasses, (just peer if you have 20/20 vision) tilt the head to one side, not too far and remain silent. I was completely astounded by how well this works. I've gotten breakfast made, dishes washed, gas pumped in the car -- thanks Diesel.
3. Eliminate having to visit the in-laws. While Diesel loves to run, and go for walks, riding in the car is one of his least favorite things. When we try to get him in the car, he will pant hard, occasionally limp, tuck his tail and collapse on his pillow looking for all the world to be near death. When he does this we feel like resident ogres, and he of course gets to stay on his pillow.
On a recent request to visit certain relatives on the in-law variety, I discovered that his technique really works. I collapsed on the couch, my head stuffed into a pillow I added a slight cough for effect, since I don't have a tail and boom! I got to wave goodbye and have the house to myself.
4. Learn to play with abandon and avoid real work. Diesel loves to play, but work? Working for kibble isn't something that this pup does. Taking a hint, I understood how he gets out of this entire work routine.
It's like playing in the snow. You jump right into the snow, kick it off the sidewalk with oversized boots, roll in it, be joyful, than race inside the house just before your paws, uh, feet start to go numb. Begin shivering, hard, add chattering teeth, and place your furry behind right next to the fireplace. Again this is a good time to drop your head, and peer over your now steamed up glasses. As cold as you are, you can’t possibly shovel the sidewalk.
7. Bury your bones in the backyard, metaphorically. Life is short, whatever bones you need to pick with someone, pick them, bury them and get on with life. Diesel gets snapped at by his older sibling, loses fur occasionally to an obnoxious nip, sometimes loses a meal or a toy, but within an hour or so he’s ready to play with that older pup. Bury your bones and let it go.
8. When all else fails, hide behind the couch, in other words shut up. Not many folks are going behind the couch to pull you and the dust bunnies out, and not of us actually listen when someone else is speaking. No matter what I say, Diesel sits there with his ears perked acting like he is hanging on every word I say. Sometimes, we all just need someone to listen, not comment. So, hide behind the couch occasionally, you'll be surprised what new things you'll learn.
Linda is the Senior News Editor for Reader's Entertainment News, scriptwriter for COS
Productions (booktrailers) and writes for many other print and online publications.
She is also the author of a humorous romantic comedy trilogy set in Wyoming. Her first book
Baer Truth - Book One of the Three Baer's Trilogy (where a vegetarian punk rocker finds
herself stranded in the middle of Wyoming beef country) was released last year to 5-star reviews.
The second book in the series, Baer Necessities has also garnered 4 and 4 star reviews. She is
also the author of The Granite Rose, an historical set in ancient Rome.
You can find Linda online at:
Baer Truth Booktrailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaA8p65oOeo
Her books can be found at:
Desert Breeze Publishing: http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/StoreFront.bok
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-three-baers-book-one-linda-mcmaken/
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