Livin’ by Dog Rules

our dog, Frankie

So… I had  foot surgery last Friday.  It went well with a few unexpected twists-the surgery took longer b/c the Doc did more than he expected to.  I couldn’t have anticipated this pain. Holy Dinah!  My guys have  stepped up (and their armor is indeed shining), as did many sweet friends, bringing us meals and treats.  We’re settling into a routine and yesterday I finally got to have a shower – YES!!   Everything – and I mean every single thing – is challenging; it took me 20 min to inch my way down here to the PC.  But I did it!   

I have read all of the cheery and supportive notes from you, dear friends, and for that I am smiling and grateful. Thank you. 🙂

Having had the old dog near me for much of the past 6 days, I thought this was worth sharing (see credits below)… more original stuff to come in a few days but, for now, a nap’s in order.

 Cheers!! – MJ

 If we lived by dog’s rules, we’d all be happier.


There’s a lot we humans can learn from dogs. If you live your life by the same philosophy that dogs do, you will be much better off in life. In the wild, animals fight only for two things, not a fancy car, not clothes or jewelry, they just fight for food or a mate, everything else they get after that is just pure happiness.

Dog Philosophy:

  1. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.
  2. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
  3. When loved ones come home, always run and greet them.
  4. When it’s in your best interest, always practice obedience.
  5. Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.
  6. Take naps and always stretch before rising.
  7. Run, romp and play daily.
  8. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
  9. Be loyal.
  10. Never pretend to be something you’re not.
  11. If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
  12. When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
  13. Delight in the simple joys of a long walk.
  14. Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
  15. Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
  16. On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
  17. When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
  18. No matter how often you are criticized, don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout. Run right back and make friends.
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20 thoughts on “Livin’ by Dog Rules

  1. I was wondering about that surgery. Thought you were going to try and stay off of it!? Hmmmm…Glad to hear from you though. that’s the mom coming out in me, sorry.

    • I was out of it for the first 4 days. Today I turned the corner but .. I know my limits. I will be not on too often for a while .. thanks for the Mom advice & care, Lissa 🙂 MJ

  2. Nicole

    I’m glad to hear that you’re pulling through and I hope the pain subsides too. I like the dog analogy. Does that mean that I can go to the loo in the garden?

  3. I am surprised it took you this long to get back. Still, take it easy as much as you can and heal that foot. Nothing worse that having your foot be in pain.

    • I am very grateful for good meds & an attentive crew. But when it bites? Ooh it’s like Jaws … ferocious. Thanks Rumbley … later 🙂 MJ.

  4. Glad to hear you are surviving 🙂 Love the pool video. My last Jack Russell loved the pool, so much so I would have to supervise him and tell him “that’s enough”, else he would never get out! Ahhh…the life of a well loved dog.

  5. MJ, you’re back! 😀 Thanks so much for making that painful journey downstairs to report back to us, your faithful readers. Brave girl!
    I’m so sorry the pain was more than you expected brrr. Just wipe it from your mind and I hope you’ll feel better soon.
    I’ll apply your dog rules hehehe, they might make things a lot easier 😉
    *healing hugs*

  6. Aw, doggies are the best. I’m glad you have a four-legged companion to help you recuperate. Glad everything is going well.

  7. So sorry to hear there was more involved in this than you planned… and that the pain was more than you expected. But you got through it and you sound in good spirits! Hope you heal up quickly and are back in action soon!

  8. Hi! So glad you’re back, and over the worst…I refer to the prolonged wait for a shower…surgery is nothing compared to waiting for a shower!
    Love the dog rules…so true, all great observations on man’s/woman’s best friend!

    • Isn’t that the truth (shower?) Talk about comfort & joy; I feel human again :). Love the dog rules, too. Hope your decluttering is coming along as you planned!! MJ

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  10. First of all, I’m sorry to have read about your foot surgery back in March. I trust all these months later you are feeling good again and have all your mobility back!!

    These are great rules for all of us to live by. I have collected quite a number of doggie quotes over the years, and these are some of the best I’ve read!! 😉 Thanks for sharing.

    • You’re very welcome :). I’m doing great. It was a bunionectomy. Very painful surgery BUT also very successful. I am back “at it” and in full form. YAY!! Like most of us .. it took being “laid up” to really appreciate all this body does every single day … cheers! MJ

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