If People Were More Like Dogs


They would take the time to play more


They would spend less time gossiping and more time listening


When they were afraid, they would just go hide for a bit instead of becoming bullies


They would take lots of naps so they would always be well rested and not stressed out all the time


They would love other species like family


They would smile more


They’d be OK with their bodies


They would learn to wait patiently and to trust


And to forgive and forget


They would learn to love those different from themselves


And that love is unconditional


That you just walk away, rather than fight if you get angry


And that territories are defined by sniffs and pee not walls or bombs


That most of us aren’t purebred anyway, but we are just as wonderful


That everyone just wants a home



That we should save our voice only for the important things


If when we were frustrated, we took it out on our own stuff, not other’s….


That tongues are not for lashing, but for kisses and we are each unique in our own crazy way


And if our lives were as short and precious as theirs, maybe, just maybe we would live more fully, play harder, rest more deeply, love more expansively, trust more easily, be careful not to destroy stuff and even share all we had…. For they are gone so quickly, but leave with us lessons that we carry forever.

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So they will continue to play

And we will continue to struggle


But maybe one day we’ll tip our head close enough to theirs so we can really listen to what they’ve been trying to tell us all along.



22 thoughts on “If People Were More Like Dogs

  1. I heard a well known quote once, something along the lines of ‘One day I hope to be the person my dog thinks I am’ . I always loved that and have always thought my dog is hands down a smarter and better being than I….God bless them for tolerating us!

  2. I’ve heard that quote too and looked up who said it…it was attributed to many people, so I guess we ALL feel that dogs are more noble creatures than we are. Not an uncommon theme. xo

  3. Dogs are wonderful creatures, aren’t they? πŸ™‚ and I would rather have territories marked by pee, than by bombs, as you’ve said haha. Great post from which we can learn a lot!

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