5 lessons I have learned from Tank

I believe that I can learn something from everyone, and I try to stay open to learning opportunities.  I do not pretend to be an expert, and I want to always be open to educational situations that arise.  In that vein, I have put together the top 5 lessons I have learned from Tank:

1. There is always time for snuggling.  I love that he always sits near me, snuggling right next to me while I am on the couch or in bed.

2. You can’t give too many kisses!  He loves to lick, which I imagine are kisses from him.  Now, let’s not get too crazy…I don’t let him lick my face!  I only let him lick my hands.  He will lick to get my attention, or just to lick for the sake of licking.  He could literally go on for hours licking if I don’t put a stop to it after a few minutes.

3. Spend time with those you love.  He is always in the same room as me, wants to go for car rides, and wants to be next to me if I am sitting or lying down.  He doesn’t like to be alone, and likes to interact.  As soon as he sees me, nothing else matters.  He ecstatically jumps up and down until I pet him and give him some attention.

4. Take time to play.  In the evenings, when I am reading on the couch, he will play with his rawhide bone.  He throws it, then pounces, then picks it up and chews for a little.  Then, he does it all over again.  His tail wags, and I know he is having fun.  It is so cute to see him entertaining himself.  In dog years, he is about middle aged, so it is a good reminder to play and exercise no matter how old I am.

5. Practice unconditional love and forgiveness. Even if he has been in the crate for 7 hours while I was at work, he is always so excited to see me.  He forgives me immediately for putting him in the crate for so long, or for forgetting to fill his water bowl with fresh water.  If I scold him today, he will not hold it against me tomorrow.  He loves me with all of my faults.  He doesn’t expect me to be perfect, and he loves me just the way I am.  


What other lessons have you learned from your beloved pets?









    • Jamie
    • February 1st, 2013

    I love this. It’s so true. I find that I’ve learned these lessons from my pets too! <3

    • Sue Kopp
    • February 2nd, 2013

    OK, here goes: That one thing that I’ve learned from Damian is – don’t expect the loving to last too long. Sooner or later (usually sooner) he goes for our jugular veins! Ha Ha. Only Damian. I guess his mother really knew what she was doing when she abandoned him in that barn 13 years ago. He’s DEMENTED! But we love him just the same.

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