I think dogs are so much smarter and cleverer than many people think. Winston, for example is wise beyond his years. My daughter, Morgan, doesn’t think so, but she’s wrong! He knows he is incredibly cute and charming and he uses that to get under your skin and make you do things that you would never do for any living soul (like get up at 5:15 to let him out and then warm his dog food up in the microwave!).
Human’s relationship with dogs goes way back in time, more than 10,000 years to be exact. 70 million families have dogs, so it must be a pretty good idea! I truly can’t think of a time in my married life that I was dogless for more than a few months. They are our confidants, the best keepers of secrets, and they know a thing or two about life. So, here on a much lighter note than my customary reflections on retirement, are some of the thoughts of Winston…,as told to me privately!
- Wake up in the morning after a good night’s sleep refreshed and rarin to go.
- Don’t let the weather get to you. It’s only water and no one ever melted from it!
- Eat a good breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day and you know you’ve been thinking about it all night!
- Don’t let little things bother you, unless, of course, it’s a tick. If it is one of those pesky things, have someone pull it out immediately! Winston refuses to be a smorgasbord for those parasitic nuisances!
- Sniff, to your heart’s content. The power of smell brings many memories to mind and you never know when something yummy might be lurking in the grass.
- Make sure you get your tummy scratched multiple times a day. That’s the best part and behind the ears.
- Avoid baths at all cost. You couldn’t possibly be that dirty! On the human side, you might want to ignore this one for the sake of your fellow friends and neighbors.
- Snuggle up to someone at night. The warmth of another human being is very special and it makes for a good pillow or a little extra support for your neck.
Life is a beautiful thing and our furry friends make it complete. Winston is eternally grateful for being rescued by his family and he thanks me for giving him this time to speak.
-My husband David always thought (when he was a little boy) that his dog was a little person in a furry suit. Just think about it!
-Dogs know our emotions better than we do ourselves. The next time you have a major decision to make, consult your dog, or if Winston is available, he’s more than happy to add his 2 cents!
Time for a walk in the woods with Winston!
Enjoy the Ride.
xox Barclay & Joy