If you have ever had a dog, you know that the saying, “A dog is a man’s best friend” is totally true. Dogs have so many great character traits, and that is how they came to be known as a best friend. The more I observe my dog, the more I want to be like her. In fact, if we all acted more like dogs, the world would be a much better and nicer place. Of course there are exceptions, as with everything, in that some dogs are mean and hurtful…but I am talking about your sweet family dog here. They have so many lessons to teach us if we take the time to observe.
Here are some traits that I have observed in my dog:
Loyal – Dogs are loyal like no other. They stand by your side, walk beside you, and will defend you. You can be confident that they will follow you through whatever you are going through and wherever you will go.
Friendly – If dogs could smile, I know they would. The closest thing to smiling is the wag of their tail. I know some dogs are mean and unfriendly, but most dogs I have known are friendly beyond anything!
Unconditionally loving – No matter how upset you get at your dog for chewing something or messing the carpet, they always come right back to love you. They love you no matter what, which leads me to my next point.
Forgiving – Dogs do not hold grudges. They love you no matter what and their actions show how forgiving they are. They do not get angry and stay angry…they want everyone to love and be loved.
Playful – They are always up for a good game. You grab a tennis ball, and look who is ready to go!
Enthusiastic – Dogs lack no enthusiasm of any kind! You open the car door and they jump in. You grab the leash and their tail begins to wag in sweet anticipation. You call their name and they don’t mope over to see what you want…they run to you wondering what is next!
Your biggest Fan – My dog follows me around and will be as happy as pie to just sit or lie anywhere I am. She wants to be with me, she will follow me anywhere. She is my biggest fan, and her actions prove that daily. Who runs up to greet you when you get home…your dog does!
A true companion – My dog is very smart, as I think most breeds are. She can feel when any family member is not feeling well. It feels like she listens to us and understands when we talk to her about our lives. She can read our moods and she responds appropriately. If we could hold hands, I know we would.
Happy – Dogs can get protective when defending their master or territory, but they never get mad at a situation and hold a grudge. They are for the most part happy animals. They go through life wondering when the next adventure will take place.
Trusting – Dogs do not worry about anything: Not about from where their food will come, not about the weather, not about how they look, etc. They trust in the process of life. They trust that all is as it should be.
So, do you act like a dog? Do you possess these same qualities? Would you like to act more like a dog? What are some steps you can take to shift your mindset and your actions to be more like a dog?
Take Action: This week and moving forward, let’s try to act like a dog! Let’s think about these character traits and try to incorporate them into our daily lives. Let’s encourage others to do the same…let’s all act like dogs!
Because Together is Better,