January 26, 2005
Dogs teaching good advice???
Russell Chapin, a Red Rock boy who made good as an attorney in Washington, D.C., then retired with his wife, Helen, in Florida, has been a good friend since the days he shared an office with Henry Dolezal in a second story location on the north side of the square. Russell sends me bits and pieces of humor he has snipped from various periodicals and some that he found on the e-mail postings. I thought you would enjoy the following, a fanciful series of thoughts to ponder in your spare time. Russell now has the floor:
Good advice! If a dog was the teacher, this is some good advice!
If a dog was the teacher you would learn stuff like:
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
Let others know when they've invaded your territory.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back in the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout...! Run right back and make friends.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.
Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
Some good advice in those succinct thoughts. What kind of world would we know if dogs were the dominant species? It could be a lot better than the one we know today.
Others have contributed bits and pieces of thought-provoking, humorous and down to earth material along the same line, and I will share some of those with you as time goes by. Such things are always welcome if they have not been previously used in some medium and are not protected by a copyright or something of the sort. Watch for them in future columns.