24 Life Lessons, Courtesy Of My Dog

  1. You can choose not to run to get the ball, but it’s always a lot more fun if you do.
  2. Never underestimate the value of a simple plate of food and water.
  3. Sometimes it’s all right to roll over and let someone pamper you.
  4. Never bite the hand that feeds you.
  5. Make sure you stretch thoroughly before you get up.
  6. If a loved one is sad, approach slowly, cuddle up to them and wait for them to tell you what’s wrong.
  7. There are times you lead, and there are times you follow.
  8. Never discriminate. Cats can be a lot of fun to hang out with too.
  9. The best place to nap is under the sun.
  10. There is no bigger sign of affection and closeness than a big lick to the face.
  11. It’s OK to be overly excited about things that pass you by.
  12. Wading into water is good. Jumping in is infinitely better.
  13. Pick carefully where you go to the bathroom.
  14. A good run will always improve your day.
  15. Only bark when the situation warrants it.
  16. Leftovers are always delicious.
  17. If someone enjoys scratching your back, stick with them forever.
  18. Always know how to find your way back home.
  19. Take good care of your teeth.
  20. Loyalty is priceless.
  21. Someone hurts someone you care about, you run after them and make them pay.
  22. It’s all about opportunities: you’re not there, someone else gets the morsel.
  23. Even if you’re alone, there’s someone out there that’s thinking of you.
  24. Always go for what you want.


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  • Karlita

    I want to cry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506498512 Leah Cox

    This is beyond perfect.
    Love it.

  • http://twitter.com/philosolaktor Lakshitha

    I think the most valuable thing I’ve ever learnt from my dog is to love, unconditionally, without expecting anything in return.

    • http://www.facebook.com/DNates16 Danielle Nathan

      well said!

      • http://twitter.com/philosolaktor Lakshitha

        Just realized Emil liked my comment. Win. And thank you, Danielle. :)

      • http://twitter.com/emilcDC Emil Caillaux

        That’s because it is so true!

  • http://www.facebook.com/grc15r Gregory Costa

    Emil.  Sweet, sweet Emil.  I once was as naive as you.  I was an idealistic boy who believed in the tenderness of our canine friends.  Then, Emil, one day something happened.  I saw Cujo.  I was disillusioned.  I could never look in a dog’s big brown eyes again without asking, “When is this smiling creature going to turn and go for my jugular?” 

    • http://twitter.com/emilcDC Emil Caillaux

      For every Cujo, there’s a Beethoven. Actually I think they made a lot more Beethoven sequels, but you get my point.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1672472627 Amrita Tapadia

    Loved Loved Loved It!! I am going to put in the list of my favourite articles :) And read it every 2nd day … I promise :) 

  • pnut

    #23  :’)

  • Anonymous

    Tears. I needed this this morning. Thank you :)

  • http://dirtyyoungmen.wordpress.com/ Maxwell Chance

    Dude, I love dogs. I’m such a dog. Dog dog dog dog. 

    • http://twitter.com/philosolaktor Lakshitha


  • Adamcrittenden

    Haiku #?

    I heard people look
    like their dogs and cats. I saw
    this one guy, he was (a squirrel).

  • http://twitter.com/alainalatona alainalatona

    “15. Only bark when the situation warrants it.”

    Or just bark for the hell of it. Why not!

  • Domino

    the article is almost as adorable as the photo! 

    • http://twitter.com/emilcDC Emil Caillaux

      Thank you! That’s actually my dog.

  • Kel

    I needed this. My family had to put our dog down yesterday… yellow lab, 14 years old. My heart hurts.. Thank you.

    • http://twitter.com/emilcDC Emil Caillaux
    • http://twitter.com/philosolaktor Lakshitha


  • Anonymous

    I have 5 dogs. This article describes all of them pretty well even though they’re all different, also I noticed everyone’s mood in my house gets way better when we’re around the dogs, I guess they really are the humans’ best friends.
    Love the article <3

  • beatrice

    We definitely need more dog people here on TC :’)

    • http://twitter.com/laurahtfraser Laura Fraser

      YES! This place is overrun by cat people! 

      *cough* Brad

      • beatrice

        *cough* Brandon

  • M Dayal

    This is adorable and made really happy. I miss my dog so much he passed away last year :( 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1217597690 Mitch Lavender

    I enjoy the company of my dogs.  I enjoyed this piece.

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