Everything I know I learned from my dog
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No, Chance takes it all in his good-natured stride. He intermittently comes up from the back of the SUV to lick our faces as we drive, just to let us know he loves us and is happy to be with us. His needs are simple; food, exercise, human companionship and love
Would that I was more like my dog, a blamless, playful, happy loving machine not some but all of the time. Chance mirrors our best and worst attributes. The love and attention we give him he lavishes back on us. When we argue in front of him he freezes up and cowers. One look at him and I know how awful I am behaving and that I must stop it.
When we first got Chance, (I brought him home swaddled in my flannel shirt), he was just seven weeks old. But he quickly developed very sharp teeth, gnawing on everything he could get his mouth on, including our best shoes. There was a while in the beginning, before doggie school, when we thought perhaps we had made a mistake taking on a pet that seemed so willful, wild and unmanageable. But our neighbor told us that we should keep him. "Dogs can teach you things you might not learn otherwise," he said. Thank you Bill. Every day we learn more just how true your comment was.