life lessons from a dog...

parker the day we got him

This summer our "beloved" family pup turned one. Parker is a rambunctious, unusually small golden retriever. He was a "spur of the moment" buy at some pet store in the mall. Although he has had some behavioral issues, i feel like he has taught me so much in   only the first year of his life. So i thought i would share what i have learned from my dog in 2014:

#1: Follow the example set for you by your elders. Chances are, whoever you are looking up to, is older, wiser, and more experienced than you are, don't be afraid follow in their foot steps. You never know what you may learn from them.

Parker looked up to his older sister Gracie, when he was trying to learn the way around this house.

#2: Surround yourself with things that make you happy. Life (especially a dog's) is way to short to live unhappy. Do what you love, and be with who you love TODAY! Don't let anyone or anything stand in between you and your own happiness.

Parker surrounds himself with his favorite toys everyday!

#3: When you know you are wrong, sometimes you just have to shut up and take the punishment. Simple as that.

Parker is usually a big crate barker, but when he knows he is in trouble, we usually don't hear a peep out of him for a solid 3 hours.​

#4: Its okay to be silly. Making people laugh is one of the best feelings life has to offer. Take advantage of times where you can just let loose and be yourself. Embrace your inner child.

p.s. photobombing is always funny

#5: Sometimes you just need to take a day off. Taking a "sick day" every once in a while is okay, as long as you are working hard the rest of the time.

Parker works hard making sure everyone stays smiling, and we have a strict rule of no dogs on the furniture, sometimes you just need a break

#6: Sharing is caring. I believe dogs are truly the most selfless animals, they will give any and everything they have to the ones they are loyal to.

#7: With good friends by your side, you can never stop smiling. And whoever said 'diamonds are a girl's best friend,' clearly never had a dog...

he is smiling on the inside probably...

#8: Pay attention to detail. Attention to behavior and body language (because dogs obviously can't communicate through speech) can help you understand what can't be spoken.

I've learned that this = "treat please"

#9: Try new things! Sometimes you just have to dive in head first. Its okay to be nervous, but if it scares you a little, do it, i guarantee you won't regret it.

He didn't even know what swimming was, but he was more than eager to find out if he could do it or not.

#10: "A dog is the only thing on Earth that loves you more than he loves himself." - Josh Billings

I didn't necessarily learn this from Parker, but it was confirmed this past year.

Thank you for reading this, and i hope fellow dog lovers can relate to some of these lessons. Just remember... money can't buy happiness, but it can buy a dog, and thats pretty much the same thing ♡

Comment Stream

3 years ago

This is so sweet!

3 years ago

@jackiebockmuller Thanks Jackie ❤️

3 years ago
3 years ago

Love this! My pugs bring me way more happiness than money. :)