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What I've Learned From My Dogs

Updated on August 6, 2012

As a dedicated dog lover, I spend a lot of time with my dogs and in return I have been rewarded with unwavering devotion and love. My dogs are a big part of my life, they make me laugh every day.

I'm not sure how much I've taught them, but they have taught me many things over the years. They may not be able to speak our language, but they definitely know how to communicate. We can learn a lot from our dogs if we pay attention. Here are some examples:

Share – We all have to share sometimes.

Get Dirty – Don't be afraid to cut lose and play in the mud!

But there are always consequences...

Explore – Get out and explore....take a walk sometime

There's nothing like a good nap –Finding time for a much needed nap can be a great way to unwind.

Question authority – Sometimes you just have to find out for yourself.

Be yourself – We all have our quirks.

Loyalty – Be loyal to those you love.

Smile - It never hurts to smile....try it sometime.

Be Fearless – Many of us worry so much about what others may dogs do not!

Be a good sport - Sure, you may not be thrilled about it, but you do it anyway.

Treat yourself - You've worked hard, now enjoy a treat!

Take it in stride - We all have our less than spectacular moments, it's how we bounce back that matters.

Listen - To those around you.

Be a go getter - Don't sit around wishing for things to happen, chase what you want!

Have fun – Never miss an opportunity to have a little fun. As humans we sometimes get too caught up with ourselves....relax, enjoy yourself and most important of all, Laugh


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      Pete Fanning 

      5 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks Zofia, glad you enjoyed it and thanks for following!

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      5 years ago from Oregon

      Another fantastic hub! And so very true as well. Got yourself another follower! :)

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      Pete Fanning 

      5 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks Paula, the larger husky has since passed, but lives on through the husky who's behavior is becoming increasingly similar! Thank you for your kind words!

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      5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      You assigned each picture, the perfect comment. These are great. Bless your dog-loving heart. The only beings I love to pieces, next to my children and grandchildren....are my fur babies. ....maybe even equally. OK, depending on my mood, maybe more, sometimes.

      I truly enjoy your hubs......Are ALL these dogs yours? You're lucky. I've been strictly forbidden to bring home anything even vaguely similar to a dog or cat. I've also been known to do what I damned well please....UP++ Great Photos!.

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks, they're great teachers!

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      6 years ago

      Nice findings and moments, Weestro.

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Thank you for reading MsDora, they keep me busy but it's well worth it!

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Lucky You and Lucky Dogs for the friendship and companionship you share. Thanks for sharing.

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      No problem Liz, thanks for checking it out!

      Agreed alexadry, they definitely know how to do that!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      6 years ago from USA

      i think dogs as opportunists beings are masters in teaching us humans how to enjoy the moment and make the most out of it

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      Liz Walmoth 

      6 years ago

      Thanks weestro, these are great reminders of how much we gain from sharing our lives with animals.

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks billybuc, I should add patience!

      Thanks for stopping by Efficient!

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      Efficient Admin 

      6 years ago from Charlotte, NC


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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great pics, Pete, and wonderful lessons those pooches have taught you.


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