When Wyatt and I first met, we knew (literally within seconds) that we were meant to be together. So, we cut the bullshit of small talk pretty quickly and began exploring deeper conversation. About two hours into our coffee date, I somehow brought up getting married and apparently let him know that, “any man who proposes to me will give me a puppy and not a ring.” Honestly, I think my soul was so overwhelmed when I first met him that I blacked out, so sometimes my mind is unclear about the sequence of events. However, I know I did say that because fast forward to October 21, 2017 and there Wyatt is – on one knee with two puppies in his arms.
Over the past 8 months, we’ve had quite the adventure raising our pups. Somehow those fur children have managed to simultaneously drive us insane while also keeping us humble and sane. Most importantly, they’ve taught me how to truly be alive.
In my last post, I wrote about living for and in the present. And I owe a lot of those realizations to my dogs.
As humans, we constantly multitask, network, and cultivate a public or social media image. We climb the ladder and participate in what we ourselves termed “the rat race.” We focus on what could be, not what is, without wondering why. We fail to check in with ourselves and ask, “Is this who I am? Is this what I want?”
When you look at a dog’s face, whether he needs to go for a walk or he wants you to play fetch, he doesn’t know why you’re not springing into action. You need to finish writing this email? But you’ve been on that computer all day. You’re watching something on TV? But you can pause anything these days. You have to finish what you’re doing? But you could just take a break.
Dogs focus on the essentials: eating, drinking, sleeping, and going to the bathroom. The only other thing that enters the picture is: having fun. Their lives are much shorter than ours, and yet they have a lot more fun than we do. They sleep on their back or curled up in your lap, and they’re as content as any person anywhere could ever be.
With that being said, and for the sake of brevity, here are the top 10 lessons I’ve learned from my pups:
- Love, sleep and water are the three most essential necessities in life
- Try everything once. If you don’t like it, that’s okay. At least you know and you won’t have to do it again.
- Approach everything and everyone with optimism and love. If they hurt you, realize that is a reflection on them and not you. And then give them another chance
- Forgive, forgive, forgive
- Give lots of cheek kisses. It always takes everyone by a pleasant surprise.
- Play with everyone. Even if they look different, smell different, sound (bark) differently – it doesn’t matter. They are probably really fun.
- PLAY ALL THE TIME
- Whatever you loved doing at six years old, make time to do that every day. At six weeks, my dogs were obsessed with playing fetch with squeaky toys. Now at nine months, they are still just as obsessed, and we make time to enjoy that every day.
- We have no time to waste holding grudges or being upset with people, UNLESS they purposely do something that threatens your life in any way… or they take your food mid bite.
- Wake up every day with the mindset, “this is the best day ever!” And then go live the best freaking day ever.
Peace and Palm Trees