Puppy Life Lessons
This week Mack, our Labrador Retriever, turns one. That's good news because all of us survived the "puppy year" (notice that I'm banking on the puppy stage remaining a single year.) While our landscaping, carpet, book collection,and wardrobes are considerably the worse for wear, as a family we are grateful for all that this smart, energetic, happy dog has taught us. In fact, there are so many lessons that I decided to limit the report card to one insight a month.
In all likelihood, the lessons apply even if you've never owned a puppy.
"Personal space" is over-rated (attention, however, is not).
Dream big, eventually your skills will catch up (or you'll grow into your feet).
Embrace your strengths (especially if you love water sports!).
Love is best nurtured in a "safe environment" (or don't mix puppy teeth and electronics).
Speak softly, but carry a big stick (or, at least, fetch one).
Go For It! (and have good form while you're at it)
Patiently wait for family members (even when they over-sleep).
Watch what you eat (even if waiting makes you drool).
Don't be afraid to get dirty (even if it's cold outside)!
Don't fear vulnerability (you'll sleep better at night).
Embrace outsourcing (especially if it involves someone else cooking)
Hold tight to what you believe in (but don't be destructive in the process).
Stay close. (Always)
Happy Birthday Mack! You're a credit to your breed and we love learning from you.