Dog's Zest for life

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  1. bogolove

    bogolove New Member

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    Here is a story I received about a dog's zest for life, I thought it was really cute and has a great moral.

    > > Zest for Life (author unknown, except for his
    > insight and love of his
    > > dog)
    >
    > Don't take this the wrong way, but for the
    > longest time now, I have
    > > been trying to imitate my
    > dog. Not his look, which is furry and chestnut
    > > brown.
    > Not his walk, which, as with most Golden Retrievers,
    > is more of a
    > > waddle. And not his tail. I don't need a
    > tail. I have enough trouble
    > > buckling my pants as it
    > is.
    >
    > Also, I can live without his bathroom
    > habits,
    > > which can be summed up this way: "Tree or
    > bush? Tree or bush? Aw, how about
    > > right here on the
    > grass..."
    >
    > No, what I admire about my dog is
    > > his
    > fascination with the simple routine of life. Every day
    > for him is like
    > > boarding the space shuttle.
    >
    > For example, in the morning, I tumble out of
    > > bed,
    > grumble, yawn, open the door, and ta-da! There he is,
    > the canine answer
    > > to Richard Simmons. He is so worked
    > up, he doesn't know which way to go,
    > > toward me or away
    > from me. So he does both. "Oh boy-oh boy-oh boy!" he
    > seems
    > > to pant.
    >
    > "It's morning and I'm gonna eat!" Never
    > mind that he has eaten
    > > every morning since he was
    > born. Or that he's had the same food every
    > > morning
    > since he was born - and that was 11 years ago. Never
    > mind. He pulls
    > > me downstairs and waits breathlessly as
    > I scoop yet another helping of
    > > boring brown nuggets
    > into his bowl. "Oh boy-oh boy-oh boy! Food!
    > > Food!
    > Food!" I yawn.
    >
    > Three minutes later, he is off the food thing and
    > > into
    > a new obsession: going out. Again, he runs forward and backward. "I'm
    > > going out! I'm going out! Is this great
    > or what?" Never mind that going out
    > > has not changed
    > one bit since we've lived here. He is so thrilled by
    > the
    > > notion of "exit" that he almost bites that
    > doorknob off. He bolts into the
    > > backyard as if heading
    > for Tomorrow-land with a sack full of "E" tickets.
    > > I
    > slouch and yawn again. The great outdoors.
    >
    > Then comes the "bathroom"
    > > routine, which I
    > already have described. Humans deal with these
    > functions
    > > begrudgingly. Not my dog. It's a real thrill
    > for him. He scouts for the
    > > perfect spot as if looking
    > for beach-front real estate. "Tree or bush? Tree
    > > or
    > bush?" And I don't have that many trees.
    >
    > Then, once his business is
    > > taken care of -
    > and I make a mental note where we're going to have to
    > shovel
    > > come summer - he is off the going out obsession
    > and onto a new one: going
    > > back in. It doesn't matter
    > that he was in just two minutes ago. "Things
    > > have
    > changed! Things have changed!" he seems to pant. "I
    > gotta get in there!
    > > I gotta check it out! Hurry up,
    > hurry up!" When I open the door, he bolts
    > > in, races
    > back and forth - looking for space aliens, I suppose -
    > and when he
    > > doesn't find any, he isn't disappointed.
    > Instead, he snarls at some ratty
    > > toy he's played with
    > for months, throws it into the air with his teeth,
    > > and
    > watches it land. "Look at that!" he seems to say. "It
    > goes up, it comes
    > > down!"
    >
    > As I make a cup of coffee, he jumps up to
    > watch. "Watcha doin?
    > > Watcha doin? Coffee, huh? That's
    > amazing!"
    > When I disappear behind a door,
    > > he lies
    > down outside and waits for me to come out again. If it
    > is only 30
    > > seconds later, he will still react as if I
    > were a hostage released after ten
    > > years.
    >
    > Now, my dog does not work. He does not pay taxes. He
    > does not create
    > > anything new (unless you consider what
    > is in the bushes outside). But he
    > > also doesn't need
    > clothes, doesn't covet cars or jewelry, and doesn't
    > care
    > > about houses, as long as he can find a sunny spot
    > on the floor to lie there
    > > for a few hours.
    >
    > Meanwhile, I am bored with my same
    > routine. Getting up is
    > > a drag. I can't get excited
    > about breakfast. And going out, then coming back
    > > in
    > only makes me wonder how many flies I've let in.
    > So I'm trying to imitate
    > > my dog. I'm trying to find
    > wonder in the everyday. After all, when you
    > > think
    > about it, it is pretty remarkable that you open your
    > eyes each
    > > morning. And since every few hours you get
    > to quench your hunger, well,
    > > that's a thrill, when you
    > consider the alternative. So while I don't want
    > > to
    > match my dog's drool, I am trying to match his zeal.
    > And you know, come
    > > to think of it, that sunny spot on
    > the floor looks pretty
    > > tempting.
     
  2. Love4Pits

    Love4Pits Playful Husky Pup

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    I loved it :) it describes each and everyone of my dogs lol.
     
  3. bogolove

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    Yes, that is how I felt about Brady. He is always excited and happy about everything. I wish I could be more like him in that way.
     
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    That describes Shiva - not Kharma and especially not Bimmer the Responsible One, but definitely Shiva! :D
     
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    That was wonderful!
     
  6. bubbatd

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    How nice !! How true !!! Every morning I'm thankful for the smile...the wag...the kisses. Chip will sleep beside me until I awaken ....I lay there for a minute and wonder why I should get up...then he reminds me !! To greet him and the day . He keeps the ole bones goin" !! Bless our dogs.
     
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    That's cute...and so true!
     

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