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Everything I Need to Know about Relationships I Learned from My Dog

Updated on February 13, 2012

Love is Unconditional and Sometimes Messy

A Happy Greeting Can Turn Even a Bad Day Around

Food Always Looks Better on Someone Else's Plate

A Good Hug is Best With a Hearty Tail Wagging

There's No Trouble That a Good Nap Can't Fix

If it Needs More Work, Chew on it for a While

It's Easy to Forgive the Ones You Love

You Can Have Fun with the Simplest Things

Hospitality is Jumping Up to Welcome Guests

A True Pal is Always at Your Side Making You Feel Special

Friends Love to Hear You Talk and Wait Quietly When You Don't Have Anything to Say

Love Never Stops Giving

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    • Ohma profile image

      Ohma 7 years ago

      So few words and yet it says so much. Thankyou for expressing this is such a great way.

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Aahhhhhh I love our dogs we now have a new edition to our family a third Cocker Spaniel this is a touching hub I am going to go outside and hug our pets, thank you! :)

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      Sage Williams 7 years ago

      Some great photos. You brought many smiles to my face.

      Many thanks,

      Sage

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      Hillary 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I love them all, but particularly the dog eating the sofa. Funny, happy stuff!

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      Winsome 7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Ohma thank you, but the pictures are worth (let me see 1000 words x 12 =.....)just kidding. =:)

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      cosette 7 years ago

      omgsh...glorious hub! haha it totally made me laugh and your captions were wonderful. good job! rating you UP.

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      Winsome 7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Aevans so glad you enjoyed it. Our yellow lab is so loving and trusting it was easy to find the better versions of ourselves in her.

      Sage, we need those smiles don't we---happy I could bring some your way

      Green Lotus, lol with you--we learned early on that our loving dog was born to chew. We have puppy reminders not only on the sofa, but car upholstery as well. We learned to keep her supplied with indestructible chew toys and our house is breathing a sigh of relief. =:)

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      Madison 7 years ago from NYC

      What a lovely, feel good hub. These pictures are worth a million. Thanks!!

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      Winsome 7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Cosette good to hear you laughing and thanks for the kind words. If a dog were an emotion it would probably be frolic. "How are you feeling today Rover?" "Rrrrr Frolic?" =:)

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      Winsome 7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Madison, thanks a million. Amber (my Lab) says "Rrrrfrolic!"

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Great pictures (I enjoyed the humor) so I enjoyed this hub.

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      Frieda Babbley 7 years ago

      Oh my goodness! This got me teary eyed with happiness. What perfect perfect photos you've found here and such wonderful captions. That tilted wine glass by the way is just fantastic! I want one. That's a must find. Cute. I wonder what type of drink is in there. hmmm. Thanks for getting me over here. This hub really made my day. =D

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      Winsome 7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      See! And I had to practically send Amber over to get you..=:) Yes only the best for our dog--I think the wine is California K-1997 Barkdot.

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      Winsome 7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Pamela thanks so much for coming by--they crack me up too. =:)

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      dreamerindanny 7 years ago from Sulphur Springs, TX

      Your hub is precious, it gave me a smile.

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      Winsome 7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Thanks DID, I've been trying to do that three tennis balls in the mouth trick, but one keeps falling out when I laugh. =:)

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Very, very nice- thanks!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Words almost fail me, in describing this beautiful hub. As they say, "a picture speaks louder than words," and you really chose the right pictures to express each statement. Very well written. In the vernacular of today, " Winsome, you rock." I'll be back for more.

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      Winsome 7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Micky many rolling thanks!

      FastFreta, so happy you came by. It's a pleasure to see your gracious words in my "neighborhub." We can learn a lot from our dogs can't we.... =:)

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      Beth100 7 years ago from Canada

      Only you could explain unconditional love so well with these wonderful photos. I love the newborn on the dog. Love, trust and peace between the two. Awesome. Thanks for a hub that leaves me smiling. :)

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      Winsome 7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Thank you Beth, he said blushing, you are too kind. Glad you liked it. They say a dog has only a few minutes short term memory...that's why they can love us even when we've been cross to them. Now if I could just do that... =:)

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      Beth100 7 years ago from Canada

      I like to believe that they have an great memory (short and long term) and are just loving and forgiving animals. I think their simple lives could teach us a few good lessons. (and you look really cute when you blush) :)

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      Winsome 7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Now you've done it. =:)

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Many a smile and a belly-laugh or two as well! Thanks for the wonderful pix and captions.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Lita C. Malicdem 7 years ago from Philippines

      Less words with great messages. You make me smile at every photo. Well, the dogs are really a man's best friends. Congratulations for featuring these unsung heroes of the world.

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      Winsome 7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Thank you Lita. I read your Kuya tribute article and I see you know love and loyalty when you see it. We can learn a lot from these unselfish and loving canines. Glad they make you smile. =:)

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      2uesday 7 years ago

      A unique hub that made me smile. Thank You.

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      Winsome 7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      My very great pleasure 2uesday. I feel about dogs as you do about nature--take care of them and they will take care of you. =:)

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      Winsome 7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Tony you are so welcome for the belly laughs--sometimes these dogs can help us get the exercise we need where we need it--at the smile and at the belly. =:)

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      TrixieGator 7 years ago

      :) so sweet..

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      Winsome 7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Trixie thank you. I'm so glad you made it to my neck of the "Neighborhub." =:)

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      perihelionecho 7 years ago from Michigan

      Another awesome post. I'm an animal lover and have always been struck by my dogs' unconditional love. Thanks for being bold and sharing your post.

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      Winsome 7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      My pleasure PE. I didn't write a lot because I wanted the principles and pictures to speak for me. (which I think they do) Unfortunately, all pictures and little words hubs sometimes get passed over and I think everyone should see these and be warmed by the sentiments so I may add a section about the philosophies featured. Thanks for stopping by. =:)

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      QuincyDaWonderDog 7 years ago

      dis ams da greatest hub I haves ever read dis week. and you're right, a dog is a gift dat keeps on giving. (oh noes, Marley and Me....dat totally maded me cry)

      :):):)

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      Winsome 7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Quincy that is quite a compliment coming from you--I'm sorry about Marley making you cry, I almost didn't see it myself for that reason, but instead of leaving the theater I stayed and I'm glad I did. Death is a part of life as strange as that may sound and to have all that love around you when it's time--not a bad way to close the concert. Thank you so much for your grand blessing of this hub. I hope you helped yourself to the chocolate chip doggy bones. =:)

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      Gigi2 6 years ago from UK

      I love this hub, the pictures are gorgeous,the words awesome and the videos are just magic. Was feeling a little low now feel good factor is high thank you.

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      Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Thank you Gigi, I'm glad you liked it. Nothing lifts the spirits like a fun-loving and giving dog. I wonder how our day would go if we adopted their fun-loving, giving and forgiving attitude all day. =:)

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      trish1048 6 years ago

      I loved this! I especially like the first photo, and the one of the little dog and baby looking out the window.

      As a lover of all things feathered and furry, this brought back many memories of all the dogs I have owned. Each one unique, of course.

      The last dog I had was a pit bull, whose name was Chaz. What a character! Not only was he a loving affectionate dog, he was also a rascal! I still have visions of him running through my yard. One day, he comes running to me with a garden rake in his mouth. Another time, I found him trying to chew off the rainspouts.

      Most of all, I had two computers side by side and two chairs. I'd sit at my computer, he'd hop into the chair next to me, and lay his big ole head on my arm.

      I miss having dogs. Since I've had to move/downsize, I am no longer in a place where a dog could just run free. If and when I retire, I will probably get one. All the dogs I've owned were rescues, and what wonderful loving animals they were :)

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      Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Thank you Trish, I'm sorry you can't have one of these loving and faithful companions. Maybe you can volunteer at the rescue sometimes.

      Loved the story about the two chairs, he was probably giving you inspiration. =:)

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      trish1048 6 years ago

      Oh, that was many years ago. HubPages is new to me. although I've been here two years now. I used to do volunteer work for an animal shelter. I'd go there once a month, and take a puppy and kitten to a nursing home. I did that for about a year, and left when I found out two things. One, that although it was wonderful hearing their stories and seeing pictures of their beloved pets, and two, it became a bit wearing on me emotionally. One lady begged me to let her keep the puppy. She promised she'd take good care of it. I had to tell her that although I would love to oblige, it simply was not possible. It broke my heart. The whole experience was very rewarding though, to see the delight in their eyes when I showed up and everyone clamoring to get to hold the pets.

      It's something I think I could do again, since I also have an affinity for our senior citizens.

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      very very sweet....! I love animals! their love is simply adn pure

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      Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Hey Fucsia, yes they have love down--especially when they get at least a little in return. Animals are a great investment, you give a little and get everything they have back. Thank you for enjoying them and for your nice comment.

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      Sherri 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I hadn't seen this Hub; thank you for pointing me in this direction. These are beautiful sentiments and compelling visuals.

      Why are we humans so resistant to "getting" it from the creatures that occupy the planet with us?

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      Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      I thought you would like them Sally, thank you for the kind words--sometimes I think that they know something we don't. What would the world be like if we all could be mankind's best friends? =:)

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      SusanAdele 6 years ago

      Great Hub!! What wonderful shots. ?

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      Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Hi Susan, aren't the pictures great--the sayings did originate from watching my dog--they are truly giving and joyous beings. Thanks for coming by. =:)

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      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

      It just goes to show that a picture can reveal so much. This is a beautiful hub and a perfect selection of photos. Definitely voted up. I am so pleased I found your hubs Winsome (great name by the way - you have certainly won me!)

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      Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Aww thanks AC, likewise. I hope you have a chance to visit one of my poetry hubs--like the Gallery or Singularity, I think the romantic in you will be at home there. =:)

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      Kristy Callan 6 years ago from Australia

      Thankyou for the advice to visit this hub Winsome, thoroughly enjoyed it!

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      Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      You are so welcome Kristy, few things in life give as much satisfaction as the acceptance and love of a dog...oh and entertainment too. Thanks for coming by. =:)

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      Ginn Navarre 6 years ago

      Loved it. 79 years ago when I was born a puppy was placed in my crib and from that day on I learned the true meaning of loyalty and love.

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      Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Awwww what a wonderful crib toy. I hope you have a picture of it. I'd love to see it if you have one. Thanks so much for the visit and lovely comment. =:)

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      Ginn Navarre 5 years ago

      Winsome--you can see it here (Guardian Angels) (A wild call) Thanks

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      Sheila Varga Szabo 5 years ago from Southern California

      What a cute little Hub-- thanks for the cheerful thoughts and images.

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      Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Hi Shiela, I'm glad you found this one, it's one of my favorites. Every now and then I flip back here to get a little unconditional love booster shot. Vitamin B-Joyous. Thank you for the kind words. =:)

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      This hub has gone to the dogs!

      I lived in S. Carolina for awhile. My friends could never get me to go coon hunting with them. I did not want to run around in the tangled up woods full of briars and fallen logs in the middle of the night. Finally, my good buddy said, “It’s not what you think.”

      His dad (Pappy) had at least 20 beagles, and his friends had a dozen more. We drove way out to a small clearing down an old logging road. There were logs and stumps arranged around a well used fire pit. They started a fire and let the dogs loose. We sat around drinking beer and eating sandwiches and fried chicken while the dogs ran around the woods barking like crazy. Finally, they all harmonized in a weird, excited howl. Pappy exclaimed, “They got one treed!”

      They went on for about 10 minutes until Pappy blew a whistle to call them back. They rewarded the dogs with treats and water, then sent them out again. Sometimes the dogs would break into seperate groups and tree two or three racoons at a time. At the end of the fun, there were two dogs missing. They weren’t worried. The dogs would make it home on their own, or a farmer would give Pappy a call when they showed up at his place. A couple of guys didn’t drink much at all and they drove home.

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      Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      What a great story WD! So that's what coon huntin' is all about. It's like a fishing party for dogs where they throw the catch back while the humans enjoy a bachelor party in the woods and the womenfolk get a break from the animals--two-legged and four-legged varieties. =:)

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      limejuice 2 years ago

      This is truly an inspiring (and, not to mention, funny) hub. And sooo true. Thank you.

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