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15 dog lessons

From All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned from My Dog:

  1. Quit Hiding –  Don’t be ashamed of your body type.
  2. Ask for What You Want – Crawl under the covers on cold nights and jump into the car when you want to go along
  3. Laugh at Yourself – Don’t take yourself seriously
  4. Choose Your Relationships – Be fully present with those you love and leave people who hurt you
  5. Get to Know Someone Before You Commit – Make sure you sniff well before bringing someone home
  6. Let Love In – Soak it in fully and without regret or guilt
  7. Give Your Heart to Someone – Love someone – a person, a plant, a pet.
  8. Dare to Be Yourself – Don’t feel you need to impress anyone or prove yourself.
  9. Keep It Simple – Deal with what is happening right now.
  10. Don’t Take It Personally – Do not have an ego.
  11.  Get Over It – Don’t hold grudges.
  12. Don’t Settle for Mush – He knows what he is worth and doesn’t settle for less.
  13. Think Big – Live with big possibilities; ever see a small dog chase an elephant?
  14. Venture into New Territories – Expand your horizons even if your nose get stung from time to time
  15. Believe in Yourself – Be enlightened remembering that DOG is GOD spelled backwards.  (I’m not sure how that works for humans but it’s a good reminder.)


Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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