Sunday, January 10, 2010

A random post about dogs

Rule # 1: when out in the woods, blend in and stay alert

In case you hadn't noticed, the gang here at Algonquin Outfitters is pretty dog-friendly. You never know when you might enter the store and receive a friendly greeting from Utah, Max, Hogan or any one of the regular canine visitors at Oxtongue Lake. The recent edition of one of the many email newsletters I receive contained a great ode to our best friend in the animal world, which may be a good set of "rules to live by" for the new decade:

Things we can learn from a dog:
  • Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride
  • Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy
  • When loved ones come home, always run to greet them
  • When it is in your best interest, practice obedience
  • Let others know when they have invaded your territory
  • Run, romp and play daily
  • Eat with gusto and enthusiasm
  • Be loyal
  • Never pretend to be something that you’re not
  • If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it
  • When someone else is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and muzzle them gently
  • Thrive on attention and let people touch you
  • Avoid biting when a simple growl will do
  • On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree
  • When you’re happy, dance around and wag your whole body
  • No matter how often you are scolded, don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout. Run right back and make friends.
  • Delight in the simple job of a long walk.
Here are a few more rules, as illustrated by various dogs from my life:

Utah's rule: don't go in over your head, even if it is a good stick

Nellie's rule: take some time to relax in the middle of a busy work day

Mica's rule: let your human know what's on your mind

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