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Tail

In some ways humans are better off than canines. They can always walk off leash, for instance. But if one takes a holistic point of view, canines have the most benefits. We are the ones with the happy simple lives: we guard, play and eat when we want and sleep the rest of the time. Much better than humans, who seem to be in a hurry all the time doing… yes, what exactly? I don’t know. Working, M tells me. Working for what, when they already have a house and plenty of food?

When it comes to physical differences canines are much better off than humans, too. Humans seem to navigate on one sense only: eyesight. Canines have sharp eyes, but also extraordinary hearing and smelling capabilities. Not to mention our seventh sense, which enables us to feel trouble that is coming to us (like a bad mannered dog in the dog park). We have wonderful warm fur (no clothes needed), pretty ears and, best of all: a tail. Humans do not have a tail. And that is very sad for them. With a tail, you see, one can do so many things.

Like using it as a counterweight when something asks for thorough nose-investigation.

It is also a clear tool for communication, as you can see: my friend near the water signals me she is ready for playing and I answer her with my tail in the same position. The game is on, friend!

The tail high up means: I am stronger than you are, try me! It is also a signal of extreme alertness – I put my tail up high when I smell a burglar, or a cat. By the way: in the above picture my friends were not really fighting, they were just testing one another’s strength. The dog in the back thought it pretty silly, as you can see.

A tail is a real asset. It is sad humans do not have one.

 

Forest bliss

What can I say. Woods, little paths, a myriad of smells, little woodland things that tickle between my toes. Bliss!

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I slept a little extra for a few days, recovering from my holiday with Nicoline. Holidays with her and her pack are nice, but strenuous like a bootcamp. A bootcamp for a week! So I was tired. But not anymore. I am ready for some running in the woods and on the beach!

Adoption anniversary

M just told me that today is my adoption-birthday: exactly three years ago M and P took me to my new home! As a dog numbers don’t interest me very much, but three years in my new home sounds like something worth celebrating. So we will! We already are, I assure you, because the sun is shining on my favorite chair and I am dozing happily. Sunshine always is a nice gift. Later on we will go to the beach and after that I will get a nice snack, M tells me. Great! I feel like it is my birthday.

When M and P took me to my new home, three years ago, I did not know what to expect. I admit I was a bit scared – going with a couple of total strangers. I was very young at that time, only 5 months old, and although I did have some experience in life (growing up in a Greek shelter, traveling to Holland when I was 4 months old and living with a foster family) this trip to my new home was kind of frightening. As you can see by the look on my face:

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However everything turned out to be fine, as you all know. I grew up to be a strong and happy dog, the fastest on the beach. I even got my own blog! Life has been good to me.

 

 

Happiness

I hear humans wishing each other a happy new year. Well, I’d like to wish you the same, but I would like to add something to it. Because, you see, humans tend to overdo things. Especially when it comes to their idea of ‘happiness’.  They seem to think that happiness is something huge. They think they have to work hard for it to achieve it, that they can only be happy when they have lots of money and/or time.

A lot of humans are very busy with this pursuit of happiness. The sad thing is: they will never get it, not that way. Because happiness is not something huge to strive and work hard for. It is the opposite: it is very small. If you search for it you will never find it, because it is not to be found. It is already there, everywhere around you! You just have to look in the right places to find it, or more accurate: you have to feel it.

Just think about it: what has made you very happy in the past? I bet it was something small. Like a tasty dinner with a good friend. A walk in the park with the sun warming you. A hug from a relative you hadn’t seen for a while. Something you did with other humans, like laughing or singing or playing a game. Those things make you feel happy, right? They are not huge, they do not cost much and they can be enjoyed anytime, whether you are rich or poor, healthy or ill.

This is my top 3 of most happy things:

  1. Yummy food.
  2. Snoozing in the sun, after a nice long walk.
  3. Having a big or small adventure with M and P.

What is your top 3? Think about it and do it more, in 2016! Then you will truly have a happy new year.

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What a year

I notice that during these days a lot of humans look back at the past year. We dogs normally don’t do that: we do not muse about the past, we do not dream about the future, we are always and totally living in the present. But I can make an exception for my human readers. Actually, it is quite nice to look back on the last year! If it was a good year, that is.

My year was certainly a good one! I made some great new friends:

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We did a lot of nice long walks:

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We had awesome holidays, in the mountains and near the sea!

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There was plenty of time to snooze in the sun:

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And new culinary experiences:

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Yes, it was a good year. I hope you had a splendid year, too!

Meet chuck

Sorry you haven’t heard from me for a while. I was busy dealing with Chuck. This is Chuck:

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In this case he was hiding from me, but I found him pretty quick!

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Chuck is my new prey. I really like him, I drag him with me through our house. I am not allowed to take him when we go on a walk, I don’t know why not. Humans can really puzzle me sometimes. Maybe they think some other dog will snatch him away from me? Surely that will not happen, I will guard Chuck ferociously!

Anyway, I like Chuck. Not for eating, he tastes horribly, but I like having him around. He is mine.

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Action

I thought we were having a lazy holiday, lying in the sun and all that, but it turns out to be an active one, too! We moved from Croatia to Slovenia. It is cooler here and there are mountains! And a huge lake. M tells me it is called the lake of Bohinj. She says I was here earlier, two years ago on our first holiday together. It is a very pretty spot.

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It is a place to have really cool Adventures. We made a nice walk in the dense woods surrounding the lake. It was quite adventurous, as you can see. M and P had to climb over obstacles like this – no problem for me of course, I just jump over them. And I wait politely for M and P to follow me.

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We also explored the lake and its small beaches by canoe! I love to travel in a canoe, I did it before, you know. I am totally relaxed on the water. I just jump in and scan the surroundings for ducks and dangers, while M and P are splashing our way over the deep waters. It was splendid.

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Mindset

When it comes to mindset, canines and humans are very different. Some humans get it, they have the right mindset for a happy healthy life. Mostly these humans are kids.  When they grow up, they develop bad habits and thinking patterns that do not contribute to a happy healthy life. That is why mindset is the fourth part, an essential one, to a happy healthy lifestyle.

I wrote earlier that humans don’t seem to get their priorities right. This is the result of a mindset that has gone astray. I will give you some clues on the right way of thinking. You want to be happy and healthy, right? So read carefully!

Enjoy the moment

This is key when you want to become happy and healthy. Humans, I notice, take a lot of things in life way too serious. In general, they think too much. They brood about the past (why? You can’t change it anymore) and they worry about the future. Again: why? You will never know what tomorrow will bring, so it is no good worrying about it. The only thing that is real, is the present. Be there, enjoy the moment.

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Decide fast, act fast

This is something where humans really should take us canines as an example. We never think long. We trust our instincts and that is a good thing, because our instincts are always right. I think humans call this their gut feeling. Listen to it, act on it and don’t look back! For instance: when you are in a place and it doesn’t feel right, just go. When you are with other humans or canines and their energy feels bad, go.  The reason is obvious: humans and canines with bad energy are not worth your time. Time is precious, so why waste it? Leave them and spend time with the ones you like, the ones you have fun with. Don’t bother about what ‘the others’ will think of you. Who cares? What your friends and loved ones think of you, that matters. Nothing else does.

By the way, this is my friend Sjaak. I love his ears.

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Be curious

Explore, stay curious and be ready for anything. Then you’ll make sure you will have the most fun. To be able to do this, you have to stay fit. And I mean fit in a physical and mental way, so train your body and mind. Investigate new things. Never stop exploring. You’ll never know what Adventures will happen and what great personalities you will meet!

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