Dogs can bring so many good things into your life. They bring joy, friendship and they can even teach your kids empathy! This time I want to talk about one particular dog. My dog Lyra and our friendship lasting for more than 13 years that taught me the biggest life lessons.
Best friends are always four legged and fluffy. I have learnt many things from my dog and you can learn from yours too. It’s scary to say that, but I think I love my dog the most in this world.
Lyra has celebrated her 13th birthday last week. She faces some health problems from time to time now as she’s not a young dog anymore. But apart from that she is still as lovely as always and even our vet says that she is an angel.
Lessons We Should Learn from Dogs
She always gets what she wants, no matter what her goal is. For example, she will come to the dinner table when you are enjoying your meal. She will start glancing at you like she doesn’t have any intentions. And even if she was sent to her place, she will come back at a certain time and start to lift her eyebrows till you finally give her a tasty bite.
All people could learn this ability: try until you make it!
2. Love Unconditionally
People usually quit their relationships for many reasons: somebody moved to a different location or simply the other person changed his character. I know Lyra knows me the best with all my imperfections and still loves me unconditionally. We all should try to become a person who treats others this way.
3. Be Joyful
Do you remember the last time when you entered your home and your dog didn’t run to you joyfully? You can’t, because there is none. Lyra and all other dogs, no matter how old and how sore it becomes to get up will gladly stand up and cheer you EVERYTIME you walk through the door.
We should learn this lesson from dogs. When someone you love walks through the door, even if that happens five times a day, you should go totally insane of joy.
My dog waited for me for years until I got back from the university from a different town. She has never thought of quitting loving me, because she stopped seeing me frequently.
I feel like I owe her something for her unconditional love and loyalty she gave me. But can you feel in debt for love? Try to fulfil all promises that you gave and ALWAYS stand by your friends.
5. Walk Daily
Lyra is oddly excited by going for walks while some days I feel I have to convince myself to go. Appreciate the opportunity to get outside and be within nature: take in the smells, sights and feelings. Walk more often to your work if you can instead of driving to get there – it’s a great way to start your day! Walk daily without any particular intentions in the evening. It’s the best way to clear your mind after a long day.
6. Get Your Paws Dirty
One thing Lyra has taught me from her young age that if there is something that you really want you will stick to it no matter what obstacles come across your way. She will cover herself in a mud to get a nice stick or will walk on a muddy road to reach her destination.
So remember: If you want to achieve many rewards of life has to offer, you need to get your hands dirty.
7. Enjoy Little Things
Life is a journey and the most important part is to enjoy the little things. Dogs don’t wait for the better day to come by, they live in a present moment take from it al they can!
If I had a dollar for every time my dog made me smile, I would be a millionaire.
All words by Eisve Treciakauskaite and all images by Justinas Lekavicius, unless otherwise noted.