If any one or thing knows how to truly enjoy life, it’s a dog. Just think about it. They have very little control over their own life – they can only go to the bathroom when we let them, eat when we let them, walk when we let them (it gets draining, I’m sure). Even so, for dogs, anything is an adventure.
When was the last time you saw a dog on the highway with its head out of the window and he didn’t look like the doggone (get it?) happiest thing on the planet? Even when a dog goes outside in the backyard or on the exact same walk he takes everyday, he is overwhelmingly overjoyed simply to be out in the air.
How often do you find your dog panting with drool splatting on the floor and wonder why he’s so hyped up in the house? It’s because he’s (or she’s) been persistently running around. I mean, there’s the living room, the dining room, the bedrooms – did I mention the trash can?! There’s so much cool stuff in there! And the yard, like all the different spot options to pee?! Like, sometimes you can even see or hear other dogs or animals out there, it’s crazy!! Oh, and don’t even get them started on the sticks. It’s like a “fetch” museum in that place!
As a babysitter, I am constantly in awe of how easily entertained children are and how they never give up on making fun a priority in their life and they never cease asking questions. Dogs are the same way. Their impeccable curiosity and and desire to make being happy a priority is what makes them so special. That’s why they run up to you and climb on top of you when you’re laying down or walk faster than you are intending to on their walk or give you those irresistible puppy eyes and warm snuggles. They want you to be a part of it. They want you to experience the unbelievable merriment and ecstasy they have every single day.
They want your life to be a grand adventure. To go outside and see it for what it truly is. A vast space where you can be truly free. Where you can feel the air brush against your face and you can run with no limit. They want you see your house as this place where every room and different setup work together to create different obstacles and arrangements to play. Where in one room you are free to sit and climb all over the furniture, and in another the floor is just slippery enough for you to slide. Or in your car when you roll the windows down instead of just sticking out your arm, lend out your face and close your eyes and just imagine. They want you to hug and feel hugged at all times. Your dogs, although at times may be annoying, act with purpose. With the purpose of love, and adventure. And when they bark or run or tire you out, just remember, it’s because they are not going to give up on you. They want what’s best for you. And what’s best, is to make the most of your daily routine and your whole life. To make every day an adventure.