What Lessons Has Your Dog Taught YOU?

Everything that doesn't fit anywhere else!

Postby Marinepits » November 28th, 2010, 11:08 am

From Katy:

You can play rough and tumble just as hard as the boys and still look beautiful.

Being the Queen requires diplomacy to keep the realm running smoothly.

Being the Queen also requires knowing when to open the Can O’ Whoopass, and more importantly, when not to.

Do everything in life with grace.

From Indy:

Never pass up a nap in a warm sunspot.

Never turn down free food, even if it’s spicy and makes your nose run.

Laugh at yourself, especially when you do something idiotic.

Find joy in the smallest moment.

Wake up with a good stretch and a smile every day.

From Short Round:

Play hard and with wild abandon. Injuries will heal.

LEAP! Even if you don’t know where or how you’ll land.

Be fierce, even when you’re tiny.

From Mac:

It’s not always necessary to use force. Sometimes the threat alone is enough.

It's not always necessary to threaten. Being nice will often get you the same results.

Using your ninja skills to scare the hell out of someone can be really funny.

It’s okay to drop your self-control and just be a doofus.

From Tucker:

Keep trying, especially if you’re scared.

New experiences can be fun, especially when shared with a friend.

Learning to stand on your own two/four feet can be scary, but the results are worth it.

Never pass up a chance to do zoomies.
Never make someone a priority in your life when that someone treats you like an option.
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Postby madremissy » November 28th, 2010, 12:08 pm

Awwww Jen, those are great. I will have to think about mine for Sammy and Kinzyl. Haven't had my fill of coffee yet to really think. 8)
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Postby madremissy » November 28th, 2010, 1:12 pm

I am sure there are more but these are the main ones.


No matter how bad things are in life, things will always get better.

Patience is a wonderful thing. Especially if you stare at Daddy long enough he will eventually give in. :wink:

Some dogs will like you some won't. It is ok.

Don't ever judge a book by it's cover. Try reading the contents before you make your final opinion.


Looks are in the eye of the beholder.

Appreciate Mom, she loves you know matter what I do.

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Postby Jenn » November 28th, 2010, 2:26 pm

Those are great ya'll :)
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Postby plebayo » November 28th, 2010, 2:50 pm


Always take time to smell the roses, the grass, the light pole, the garbage can, the tree, the bush... etc.

All you have to is make one good attempt at jumping on the bed, the first time you miss your mom will put you up there at bedtime no questions asked.

You need to take each day as it comes.

Just Live.


It's important to stare everyone in the face even if they don't really like it when you jump on them.

Liver is disgusting, it doesn't matter what the other dogs have said.

Love life.

Be a dork, people will love you for it.


It's important to be a good friend.

Liver tastes amazing, so does every other food in this world.

A game of chase is always fun.

Do the best you can with what you've been given.
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Postby hugapitbull » November 28th, 2010, 3:44 pm

From Trouble
Fight the fight one day at a time

Use kindness and love whenever possible

Allow others to help you when necessary

Check each and every grocery sack that comes in the house

From Duke
Don't bite when a warning is sufficient

Persistence CAN bring out the good

Always greet the ones you love with a wagging nub
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Postby iluvk9 » November 28th, 2010, 3:53 pm

Oh, I love this thread!


Being the last one chosen is often the best one chosen.

Carlos Garcia

Acts of kindness are always rewarded.


Strength is often hanging in there when you no longer can.


It's not the beauty on the outside that counts, it's the beauty on the inside of your soul.


Run. Just run. Go. Just go forward.


Live in the moment...if you don't, you will miss the simple things in life.
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Postby iluvk9 » November 29th, 2010, 6:40 am

It took me awhile to formulate this one. It's one of the biggest life lessons I have had to learn.


Being angry at someone who was horribe to you is a normal reaction. But there comes a point where, in your heart, you have to forgive them. "Forgiving isn't forgetting. It's letting go and moving on." When you move on, that is when you heal and let others into your life. And then you make sure you don't bite them. :)
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Postby Pit♥bull » November 29th, 2010, 8:57 am

I'm spoiled and love anyone who spoils me.
Mom has eyes in the back of her head.

Due about anything you want, but please wake me by voice not touching and lay off the feet.
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Postby BullyLady » December 19th, 2010, 5:31 pm

I'm sure there's more, but the first thing that comes to mind is this


If mom says no, go ask dad. And be sure to use the puppy eyes. He never says no to those.
"I'm not all bad but I'm a faithful sinner."
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Postby ArtGypsy » December 19th, 2010, 7:20 pm

From Dar:

From Somewhere, (For Reasons You may Not Understand),
you will Be Called to Belong in the Life of Someone that
Desperately Needs You.

The Expectations may not be clearly outlined at first, but Just Showing Up with a pit bull Smile and Wagging Tail Usually Works Best.

Sometimes The Best You Can do is Sit Patiently in the Snow Even Though the Winds are Cold.
Let Tears collect in Your Fur...Sometimes That's the Only Place They Belong.
Long Naps in the Middle of the Day May Be Necessary....(especially when your fur is wet from tears).

Never Pass Up an Opportunity to Leap and Dance Like a Porpoise.
It Seems to Lighten the Mood, No Matter how Heavy the Burden.

Sometimes We Just HAVE to "Get Up"> Know when that moment comes And Make Sure Those Kneeling in the Snow Get UP With You.
Cause WE Don't Leave Family Behind. One goes, we All Go.

Embrace Feeling Adored; Especially When So Well Deserved.
“Hope has two beautiful daughters: their names are Anger and Courage.
Anger that things are the way they are.
Courage to make them the way they ought to be.”----Augustine
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Postby dlynne1123 » December 21st, 2010, 2:44 pm

Lojac. (RIP)
I'd rather live 3 great years then 10 crappy/ inhumane ones! Its not what you do, it's how you do it! I will always hold my dogs when saying goodbye.

Puppies are a crap chute! But love them anyways. You have to learn their strengths and weaknesses not try to make them what they are not.
Even a feral and shy creature can love someone to death! And teach me so much in a lifetime.

Again, puppies are a crap chute (give me an adult dog any day!)
And beauty is in the eye of the beholder. She's always beautiful to me!
Don't get a puppy for a reason but help your puppy find a reason! As in they will show you what they were meant to do!

The dog in general: such resilient creatures dOnt hold a grudge but embrace the little bit of happiness they've seen. One creature I've always experienced true unconditional love!
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Gretchen - the red headed cat that thinks shes a dog
Prudence - the new cat on the block to put the dogs in their place!
Punchlines Better Than Lojac - APBT (RIP)
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Postby FAB dogs » December 21st, 2010, 6:43 pm

See beyond what's there. An "aggressive", black, bully puppy that barks at people walking past his kennel at the shelter is really a sweet, cuddly puppy that hasn't had any guidance up until now and, with some work, has as much (if not more) potential as those lab mix puppies everybody has been fighting over. A rough start in life can be overcome with some love and patience.

Find the humor in things and never take anything (especially yourself) too seriously - she doesn't run in agility for points, she's just in it for the sheer fun of it. Enjoy every day and take joy in the little things - her rawhide stick dance is particularly entertaining. Laugh a lot - an easy task when Avery is around. And always look forward while going full steam ahead. There's no point in looking back, it's already in the past and can't be changed.

Speak gently and remember that everybody is different. Nobody learns in the same manner and you sometimes have to adapt your approach accordingly. Oh, and having a dog that actually checks in with you on a walk is an amazing thing. First dog I've ever had that will slow down and glance up at me periodically. The sibes (and Avery) would just go full steam ahead and I was just a dead weight they were forced to drag.

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It's always a good thing to have a buddy to hang with. And be sure to look innocent when mom walks in whilte you're plotting:


And from the sibes . . .
There are no strangers, just friends we haven't met yet
Greet every day with gusto
Live life to its fullest
Be nice to people with food, they may share
Play hard, Love unconditionally
Fragile objects belong in a museum, not a home
Sometimes its good to be lead dog
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Brogan - Southpawz Mystery Man, CGC - Ephelis Spaniel
Fenway - Southpawz 4 Yawkey Way -Bull Collie
And the crazy cats
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Postby Ohiodogtrainers » March 2nd, 2011, 9:19 pm

Always run to greet your loved ones at the door and never hold a grudge.
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Postby BigDogBuford » March 2nd, 2011, 9:22 pm

Make every day a brand new day!

You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
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