Things We Can Learn From Dogs

Mother of three Ger Renton reveals the things she's learned from her furry pal.

We welcomed Lola into our lives two years ago. She was a carefully planned present to our now 14-year-old son. For years our son had asked for a dog but the timing was never right. We sat down and explained to our son how much time and money a dog can cost before we place Lola in his arms. 

Two years on, I’ve noticed a few things Lola has taught us all.

  • Tennis balls are underrated; they can create so many opportunities for fun, laughter, games and a good bit of exercise.
  • No matter how much you chase your tail, you rarely catch it. Those rare times you do catch that damn tail, you better be prepared for the pain it causes when you bite into it.
  • When you do something wrong, admit it. Even if you don’t have the words to say you’re sorry, your actions can speak volumes.
  • If you keep working on mastering that jump, you will eventually get it, it just takes time and a few hundred falls.
  • Barking may get their attention but it doesn’t get you treats
Things We Can Learn From Dogs
Two years on, I’ve noticed a few things Lola has taught us all.
  • Wag your tail when you meet new people, they respond better to friendliness, but do have a good sniff to ensure they are your kind of people.
  • Never leave your bed without a good, long, hard stretch to set you up for the day!
  • Speaking of sleep, if there’s a chance of a nap take it, grab it and enjoy it- it doesn’t matter what time it is.
  • Stop every once in a while to smell flowers, to chase bees or just to wonder at the birds flying high in the sky.
  • Size doesn’t matter - stand tall and bark at the top of your lungs if a bigger dog tries to push you around.

Have you a furry friend? I bet there are many more you could add to the list!


Ger Renton

Mammy, Wife, Writer, all round fixer of bruised knees, broken toys...always looks for the smile even through the tears!

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