Mom’s been kind of busy lately, so I thought it was time for me to write another blog post for her. Because that’s the kind of dog I am: always willing to lend a helping paw when it’s needed. Even though my specialty is disposing of left-over food, I’m more than happy to write a post for Mom if that takes something off of her “to-do list.” I also believe that there are times when the people can learn a thing or two from dogs, and from what I’ve heard, this is one of those times.
I know that many people are stressing about something Mom refers to as “that stupid pandemic,” and that it’s causing lots of trouble all over the world. Apparently, it’s spread mostly through the air, from one person’s face to another person’s face. And this is a perfect example of how people can learn from dogs, because people insist on greeting each other face-to-face. But dogs greet each other by sniffing, and faces aren’t what we sniff, if you know what I mean. So, all people have to do is greet each other like dogs do and the problem is solved. You’re welcome.
I’ve heard that those who live in the United States are also worried about something they call an election, which has lots of people upset and calling each other bad names. And once again, this is an area where people could learn from dogs. Because dogs come in all breeds, colors and sizes, but we still remember that we’re all dogs and we mostly get along anyway. We know life is too short to waste being angry or hateful, so we focus on the important stuff, like the source of that fabulous smell coming from the kitchen….
Plus, dogs are forgiving. We may get into the occasional fight, but they are over quickly and no one holds a grudge afterwards. We even forgive people. Take yesterday, for instance, when the old battle-axe….I mean Mom…decided I needed a bath. Never mind that it’s November, she plunked me in the wading pool and doused me with shampoo before I even realized what was happening. But did I stay mad at her for her crazy and completely unjustified actions? I did not, or I wouldn’t be writing this post for her.
Now I’ve always been taught that it’s wrong to brag about ourselves, so I hope no one thinks I’m trying to say dogs are better than people. I’m just saying that sometimes, people might benefit if they acted just a little bit more like dogs. For one thing, being all up in each other’s faces just isn’t a good thing during a pandemic. But more importantly, I know for a fact that if people would be as patient, loving, forgiving, and as willing to live in the moment as dogs are, then the world would be a better place for all of us.