This past week our family went from a 1 dog family to a 2 dog family. It’s only temporary. We are dog sitting for our dear friends labradoodle puppy for a few weeks while they are on vacation. Our 13 year old chocolate lab’s  world has been rocked. If only I could explain to her that this lovable, playful, excitable dog will go back to her own home in a few weeks time.
Dogs are known (as well as many other animals) for bringing us so much joy. They are filled with unconditional love, not only when things are going well, but also when we feel pain and are suffering. This little labradoodle couldn’t have come at a better time for a visit. While all the tragedy and heartbreak  is going on in the world around us, both dogs (as far as I can tell) know nothing of it and continue to live in the moment.
Here are a few things that I’ve learned from the dogs this week:
- When someone is having a difficult day sit close by and let them know you’re there. No words needed.
- Live in the moment. Work hard to be grateful for every moment and appreciate all that you have.
- Don’t take anything for granted.
- Greet everyone as though you haven’t seen them in years.
- Make everyday exciting and new.
- Be who you are.
- Take the time to play.
- Forgive and let go of grudges.
Dogs love ice cream as much as we do.
Just that look is enough to make you smile.
What a gift this puppy has been for all of us.
In what ways do your pets show you how to live in the moment?