For some reason, I don’t really talk much about my pet dog on the blog, which is kind of funny, because meet me in person and it’s pretty much all I’ll talk about. In case you don’t know I’m a proud dog parent to a 15-year-old, Bedlington Terrier/ Bichon Frise cross surprise for my 10th birthday, Oliver and I have been inseparable ever since. You learn a lot from owning a dog and not all of it is animal related so I thought I’d share 5 of the many life lessons I’ve learned from this little dog.
Side note, this post was delayed being published by about a month. Why? Well, in case you hadn’t seen my emotional tweets, Oliver has been very very ill. Over a couple of days, we noticed that he had lost his appetite, had no energy and began trembling. He was unable to keep down any food and the vets couldn’t work out was wrong. Weirdly, he would seem to recover after a week, but this only lasted a few days before he would deteriorate again. This cycle continued over and over until things got really bad and I thought I was going to loose him. See, Oliver has never been ill and doesn’t show pain so when he does show it, you know it’s bad. Thankfully, the vets managed to diagnosis acute Pancreatitis, and now, after a lot of treatment, he’s back to his old self. Why am I sharing this? Because it was when I thought I was going to lose him, that I realized, that as much as I had given him a good life, he had given me so much more.
Life Lesson #1 – Forgive and Forget
If I can’t take my dog a walk at the exact time he wants one, he doesn’t spend the next two weeks ignoring me. OK, so my dog actually does sulk, but after an hour of toddler and tiara behavior, he’s my BFF (that’s best furry friend) again. Now, I’ve got to admit, when I’ve been let down, I don’t normally brush it off, but I really should. I spend far too much time getting stressed about the past that I let it affect the present. I’m not saying forget what’s happened completely, and act like everything’s normal, but let go of any grudges and just move on with your life.
Life Lesson #2 – Don’t do things half-hearted
See the ball. Want the ball. Get the ball. Right, confession to make, my dog has more attitude than Beyonce and sometimes does do things half-hearted. But. When he was a puppy, and if were a normal dog, he would do anything in his power to get it. Oliver sometimes demands to go a walk by just staring at you intently. Ignore him and you face being pawed. Continuously and gradually more intensely until you go and get his lead. Human lesson? Don’t let setbacks stop you from achieving something you want. So you didn’t get that job? Keep going to interviews. Want to be a blogging superstar? Ignore any trolls. Whatever you do, put your all into it. At least you can then say you tried your best.
Life Lesson #3 – Life is all about balance
Straight after a long walk, Oliver curls up into the cutest ball of fluff and sleeps. Does he have FOMO about his little park pals, or what I’m getting up to? No, because he’s tired and knows that he needs to rest. Same goes for you. It’s great that you’re grabbing opportunities, but burning the candle at both ends only ends in tears. Listen to your body and make sure you get the work, play and rest balance right.
Life Lesson #4 – It’s the little things that count
As much as a Diva he is, nothing makes Oliver’s tail wag more than one of my family members coming home. Of course, he loves dog treats, but it still doesn’t compete with the welcome he gives you when you come back. With the mountains of dog toys he has, he still prefers people he loves being with him; something we can all learn from. Having the most or best things aren’t always the way to happiness. Find what makes you happy and focus on that.
Life Lesson #5 – You are enough
The biggest life lesson I have learned is that I’m enough. Oliver & I have been through a lot together, from amazing highs to some awful lows. In all that, he has loved me exactly the same, regardless of what’s happening. No matter what is going on in the world, he always greets me with a wagging tail at night. So what if I’m having a bad day, he still thinks I’m the best owner ever. So you didn’t get a job after attending an interview? Focus on what you can do (which is a lot) and take it from there. It’s so easy to get down comparing yourself, but it’s important to realize that for everything your not, there’s 3 amazing things you are.
So those are my top 5 life lessons I’ve learned from my dog. Sometimes it’s nice to be reminded of the basics when life gets a bit cray. Do you have a pet? What have you learned from them? Let me know in the comments below!