Five lessons from a Labrador

February 16, 2018

 

Thought I’d write a more light-hearted blog this week since the sun is shining and spring is on it’s way!

 

Today is also the start of the Chinese Year of the (Earth) Dog. I’ve read that the nature of the Dog is to be ‘...loyal and honest, amiable and kind, cautious and prudent. Due to having a strong sense of loyalty and sincerity, Dogs will do everything for the person who they think is most important.'

 

This sounded a lot like my dog, so I was wondering what lessons I could learn from my lovely Labrador. Here’s what I’ve thought of so far (happy to hear from you!).

 

Lesson #1 - It's good to walk 

 

No matter what the weather, he’s always up for a walk.  Not so much needing the physical exercise now that he’s getting older, but he clearly loves being out and about. I’ve learnt from this that I feel better for being out in the fresh air every day.  It doesn’t have to be a long walk; even the NHS say there are health benefits with a  brisk 10 minute walk (https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/getting-started-guides/Pages/getting-started-walking.aspx)

 

Lesson #2 - You can make new friends

 

I’ve definitely noticed that my dog has a wide range of friends - all shapes, sizes and personalities. Having a dog has definitely led me to getting to know people that I wouldn’t otherwise have met.  As a result, my circle of friends has not only got larger but also much more diverse thanks to my gregarious pooch. 

 

Lesson #3 - Volunteering is worth doing

 

I’m very proud of my pooch for being a Pet Blood Donor (