Life Lessons from an Odd Source: My Dog

There are some things in life that are so important to learn. It does not matter what the source is, all that matters is that we learn them. In this case, my dog has taught me more about life than most people have, and for that, I am so lucky.


As someone that very rarely makes decisions based on emotions as opposed to logic, I was shocked at my decision to get a puppy. Yes, I had some encouragement from my longtime girlfriend, but in the end, I came around to the idea and got her. I had never realized the amount of joy that a fluffy little puppy can bring to your life. How am I to take care of something when I can barely take care of myself? This new family member made me reevaluate my life and refocus on the simple things that I found myself often overlooking. Having something to eat, being excited to meet new people, spending time with those you love, and reconnecting with the outdoors are just a few examples. The amount of excitement in this puppy when doing any of these things is absolutely infectious.

Being Grateful for Each Meal

Every day in the United States, most people never have to question whether or not they will be able to eat dinner that night. This is something that is taken for granted by everyone lucky enough not to worry. This dog absolutely loses her mind with excitement, bounding about as soon as she hears the first piece of kibble hit her stainless steel food bowl. Eating is something that people take for granted every single day, and yet, none of us get this excited to eat, even if we are about to enjoy our favorite meal.

remi-porchMeeting New People

Being outgoing and meeting new people is neither something an introvert like me has been excited about nor naturally good at. And yet, every time my dog sees someone in the distance, she stops dead in her tracks and stares at them. She then sits down wagging her tail ferociously as she waits for them to come greet her. The pure joy that this dog exhibits when meeting new people is something that I have never felt. Maybe it is time I put myself out there and force myself to interact with those around me more often than just when I am forced to. As a Millennial, I feel as though stepping away from our screens and social media to actually meet real people in the flesh is something we all should spend more time doing. Less Facebook and Tinder and more meeting people in the flesh. Continue reading “Life Lessons from an Odd Source: My Dog”