Posted by: Jack Henry | October 13, 2022

Editor’s Corner: Word of the Dog

Good morning, all.

Last week was really tough for me. My younger dog, Harvey, died of an aggressive cancer. I’m still choked up about it and I know it will be a long time before I am “back to normal.” He was a crazy, handsome dog, full of love, life, and feistiness.

I was sitting around wondering how I could honor him and come up with something English-related that I could share with you, since he’s on my mind all of the time. I just found something that provides exactly what I needed!

Every now and then, I share Richard Lederer’s columns with you, and he wrote one at the end of August called “All I really need to know, I learned from my dog.” Here is the majority of the column for your reading pleasure:

We give dogs what time we can spare, what space we can spare, what food we can spare, and what love we can spare. In return, dogs give us everything. It’s the best deal we human beings have ever made.

Part of that deal is that dogs teach us to live better lives:

When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body. Enjoy the simple things in life, like taking a long walk or riding in a car and feeling the wind blowing on your face. Run barefoot, romp, and play daily. Leave yourself breathless at least once every day.

Master the art of stretching. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. If it’s not wet and sloppy, it’s not a real kiss. When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently. When loved ones come home, always run to greet them. Take time to stop and eat the roses.

Trust your instincts. Don’t go out without ID. On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree. Life is hard, and then you nap. Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory. Make your mark on the world.

Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you’re not. No matter how often you’re scolded, don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout. Run right back and make friends. To err is human; to forgive canine.

If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains. If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles; If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it. If you can understand when loved ones are too busy to give you any time;

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment; If you can face the world without lies and deceit. If you can start the day without caffeine or pep pills. If you can relax without liquor and sleep without the aid of drugs;

If you can find great happiness in the simplest things in life. If you can forgive any action in the blink of an eye. If you can repel intruders without using lethal weapons.

If you have no bias against creed, color, religion, politics, or gender. If you offer unconditional love as naturally as you breathe, then you are almost as good as your dog.

Here’s to Harvey, all the dogs we have loved in the past, and those we will love in the future.

Kara Church | Technical Editor, Advisory | Technical Publications

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