What Have Your Dogs Taught You? | Bryant Dog Photography


I have learned a lot about life from my dogs. Each dog taught me different things.  So here goes:

 From Sophie, the whippet,  I learned to eat at every opportunity that presents itself. I also learned from her the delight of snuggling with a loved one and lying in a sunbeam soaking up the warmth. From her I learned to take pleasure in the small things in life, like chewing on the cardboard toilet paper roll. (Her not me!)

From Molly I learned to work hard and always do your best. (She is a Border Collie mix after all!) She taught me to take delight in your successes and move on from your failures. (I saw that time and again when she was racing Flyball.)

Chloe (above) was my “Lifetime dog”. She was my soul mate. From her I learned to slow down. Life is short so you need to make the most of what time you have. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a good nap on a Sunday afternoon, take the time for a walk, or just get away from the troubles of daily living a little while. Pay attention to the small things. You may be in a hurry to get somewhere, but don’t miss the beautiful sunset, the peacefulness of a park on a spring day or the soft fur and quiet breathing of the dog lying next to you. 

Yep. My dogs are smart. They continue to teach me so much about living.

What have your dogs taught you? Comment below and let me know.  


  • Cristina Counts - July 25, 2012 - 7:47 pm

    From Molly I learned never give up, life is too short. At 4 she was diagnosed with a nasal tumor. The doc gave her 3-6 months to live. She fought hard to stay with us and lived another 15 months enjoying her treats every day.

    From Petey I’ve learned a walk will always make you feel good. And the nap afterwards will make you feel even better!

    And from Serenity I’ve learned to kiss and hug every chance you get. She is a “lover” and never misses a chance to show me she loves me.

  • Karen Brophy - July 25, 2012 - 8:53 pm

    Playa taught me: To take joy in simple things like tennis balls or sticks, thatt having a problem with your licker is actually a good thing and that my most important job is to love, because it is.