Joy of Dogs

At the end of my blog posts, you can see I named my publishing company Fluffy Puppy Publishing. Why? What does a fluffy puppy do? It scampers and romps and just generally acts too cute! How does that effect us? It triggers the part of the brain that goes awww and awe. Because who doesn’t get joyful and happy at the sight of a fluffy puppy?

Cute puppies are big money too. Some of the most expensive television ads occur during Super Bowl Sunday. A 30-second slot costs $4.5 million! Major ads campaigns have used cute puppies, because as research has shown, looking at cute images does more than make us smile. They even have Puppy Bowl where puppies just scamper about on a pretend football field playing with toys! This cuteness factor naturally releases oxycontin, which reduces stress. One study at Hiroshima University in Japan also found that people who looked at pictures of baby animals before completing a task, performed far better than those who observed photos of adult animals, or neutral subjects.

A few years ago I had a twenty-four hour flu, was stuck on the couch, and behold on the television was a show called Too Cute! It was a marathon of them, back to back episodes with stories of puppy and kittens; being born, growing up and going to live with their permanent families. It showed all of their adventures and lived up to the name, it was literally too cute! I felt so much better, smiling at their antics.

God created us to be joyful. In Genesis 1:26 [MSG] “God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature…” So we are joy!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Rom. 15:13 [NIV])

God also created dogs who are all about joy. I have five dogs (who are family) at my ranch and they overflow with joy no matter what there are doing. Every single thing is new and exciting. “Wow, did you see that chipmunk? Is that a butterfly? See me run all out with no goal in mind just because I can! Watch me splash in the ditch! Dog chow again? Awesome! Will you please continue to throw this squeaky toy until my tongue is hanging from the side of my mouth and your arm is about to fall off? Thanks!” (I’ll bet you didn’t know I speak fluent dog.)

In the series of books, Animorphs, an alien life form gave a group of kids the ability to transform into what ever living being they come in contact with.

One of the characters transforms into his dog Homer. He got caught up in the joy of being a dog!

“I think if I had been fully human right then, despair would have overpowered me. But dogs don’t know about human despair. It was Homer’s simple, happy, hopeful mind that saved me. For a while I sort of let go and drifted into dog consciousness. For a while I just wandered around the dunes and smelled things. If someone would just throw a stick out into the surf I could go after it. The water would make me happy. The chasing would make me happy.” Wouldn’t that be cool to be in a dog’s mind for a while? Let’s adopt a dog’s attitude.

Here are some other examples we can learn from the lives of our dogs:

  • When loved ones come home, always run and greet them
  • Never pass us the opportunity to go on a joyride
  • Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy
  • When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body
  • No matter how often you’re scolded, don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout or get angry
  • Delight in the simple joy of a long walk
  • If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it
  • Be loyal
  • Never pretend to be something you’re not
  • Expect good things out of life
  • Live in the moment
  • Enjoy a good snuggle and petting
  • Curl up and take a nap in a sunbeam
  • Wag more, bark less
  • Rejoice in the excitement of each new day with the perpetual attitude that this is the best day ever!

“My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am. He (she) is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.” Anonymous

Here are some more amazing quotes to help us realize that we as human being have some things to aspire to.

“If you can sit quietly after difficult news; if in financial downturns you remain perfectly calm; if you can see your neighbors travel to fantastic places without a twinge of jealousy; if you can eat happily whatever is put on your plate; if you can fall asleep after a day of running around without a drink or a pill; if you can always find contentment just where you are—you are probably a dog.” Jack Kornfield

“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.” M.K. Clinton

“Dogs don’t rationalize. They don’t hold anything against a person. They don’t see the outside of a human, but the inside of a human.” Cesar Millan

“If I could be half the person my dog is, I’d be twice the human I am.” Charles Yu

“Dogs never talk about themselves but listen to you while you talk about yourself, and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation.” Jerome K. Jerome

“What a beautiful world it would be if people had hearts like dogs.” Anonymous

“There is no such thing as a bad day when you come home to a puppy.” Anonymous

“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking you face.” Ben Williams

“The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.” Anonymous

“If you can look at a dog and not feel vicarious excitement and affection, you must be a cat.” Terri Guillemets

“Dogs are the leaders of the planet. If you see two life forms, one of them’s making a poop, and the other is carrying it for him, who would you assume was in charge?” Jerry Seinfeld

So let us be more like dogs and exude joy to all we come in contact with today. Live your purpose and make today special. But just a word of caution, do not go around sniffing other people’s butts. That would be taking the dog thing a little too far!

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