Lessons from Scooter

A few weeks ago I dogsat for my friend Audry’s dog, Scooter. I love dogs, but Scooter is a special favorite. He’s smart, sheepskin-colored, and extremely snuggly.

Little did I realize, he’s also a sage when it comes to life lessons.

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Photo credit: Audry Nicklin

Lessons from Scooter

1. Get up each morning like it’s the best day of your life.

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Photo credit: Audry Nicklin

Every morning he’d pounce on me, full of energy and enthusiasm like it was his first day of being alive. No coffee. No grumbles. Like a kid who gets to ride his favorite roller coaster. Every. Day.

2. Stare out the window. 

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Photo credit: Audry Nicklin

There are beautiful things out there. Trees. Ideas. Cats to chase.

3. Stop and smell the roses (or the bushes and fire hydrants). 

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Photo credit: Audry Nicklin

Walkies aren’t just for arriving places. It’s about the journey, not the destination.

4. Snooze.

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Because who wants to work straight through a warm afternoon when there’s a soft blanket around? Besides, all the enthusiasm and walkies are tiring. 

5. Cuddle up with the people you love.

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Never miss an opportunity to show love through snuggles. Even when the person is in the middle of writing a novel.

 

Thanks, Scooter. I love you too.

 

6 thoughts on “Lessons from Scooter

  1. It’s funny to hear that he pounces on you in the morning. He used to do that to me every day, but I think I take too long to get up in the morning. Now he waits to hear me acknowledge him, then I get pounced on.

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