Priorities

Sometimes I really do not understand humans. For instance: they seem to sort their priorities in the wrong way. I thought priorities were the same for humans, dogs and all other animals alike:

1. Food

2. Shelter

3. Happiness

The first two are straightforward, you can direct all your energy to obtain those two. When you have them, you can go to number 3: happiness. I think happiness is the same for humans and dogs, too: being healthy, feeling energetic, being with the ones you love, enjoying the warmth of the sun, being outdoors, feeling connected. We all like that, it makes us happy.

So why is it that humans do so many other things, stuff they do not really like, when they already fulfilled the three top priorities? Take M and P. We have a nice and warm house and food every day. They look happy to me, most of the time. Of course, one has to invest in keeping food, shelter and happiness, so that takes some time. However, they spend lots of time on things that do not contribute to obtaining food, shelter or happiness. They sit behind these luminous devices for hours and hours every day and talk into these black boxes. They fuss about catching the train to get to their appointments on time. All these things have nothing to do with obtaining food, shelter or happiness. So why do they do it?

It would be so much better for them if they would take me as an example. We could have a big breakfast, go out together (the three of us) and when we are back home again we could sleep in the sun. When we wake up, we have some snacks, another nice walk and play and then we can snooze again. That would be nice!

M tells me sometimes there are conflicting priorities and you have to sort them out. I understand that, we dogs have this too. For instance when we are out fetching balls and another dog wants to play with us. Like this:

Priorities

Then we decide what to do: continue to gnaw on the ball, or play with the other dog. We take this decision in a nanosecond. We dogs are very good at quickly sorting our priorities, getting them right. I think humans can learn a lot from us.

 

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No sea snacks today

We went to the beach, hurray! It was storming the last few days, so we only walked in the forest. But today the weather was fair, so we walked through the forest and the dunes to the beach. It smelled promising when we got there: I smelled lots of salty juicy sea food. There were a lot of birds too, eating things. That is always a good sign. I usually chase them away and check out what’s available for snacking.

This time I was disappointed, though. There were no little crabs at all, just this. Loads of them:

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I don’t know what they are, but they are not good for eating. They smell tricky. There was a labrador eating them, but you should never trust a lab when it comes to eating. They eat everything, including non edible stuff. I met a lab once who told me he had eaten six raw eggs, including their carton box. Of course, afterwards he concluded this was a bad idea, it was kind of hard to digest. He also was abandoned from the bedroom that night, because he farted all night long. Ha! Lab’s are okay, they are harmless and always willing to play. But why are they so empty-headed?

 

Pizza

I love my humans. They made a pizza, especially for me! I had to behave before I got it, so I did. Obviously. I’m a dog, I know when it is profitable to behave.

My pizza 1

I did some research before I ate it.

My pizza 2

Then I enjoyed the delicious taste. I savoured salt, oil, dough and smoked ham. Nice, an Italian pizza!

My pizza 3

Of course I made sure there was no single crumb left.

My pizza 4

The pizza did not have my favorite topping, but well, it’s a start. My humans are finally getting what I like best!