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The power of rest

I like to relax. In fact, all animals do. When you take a close look at us, you will see that we are active during a small part of the day. I mean really active, when we run and hunt hares and bite burglars and play. The rest of the day we rest. We sleep, we snooze, we doze.

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And that is fine. What is more: it is necessary in order to stay healthy. Humans don’t differ that much from animals, they need to rest too. The odd thing is: they don’t rest enough. They are doing loads of things that aren’t logical from a canine point of view. They have to work, okay. I don’t understand why, but they all do so apparently there is a necessity to work in the human world. But then, in the time they should be resting, they do the most silly things. They look at luminous devices for hours on end, which isn’t relaxing at all with these lights en noises. They go shopping, which means buying stuff they don’t need because their houses are all ready full of things they never use. They are busy in their houses doing things that are totally useless, like cleaning – why bother? It will get dirty again!

I am surprised by all this. Sometimes I hear humans telling each other about their hobbies, all of them time and money (also hugely important in the human world) consuming things. They do it because they want to relax, they say. I don’t get it. The best way to relax is to rest. You can do it anywhere, anytime. It costs nothing at all. Humans should try it! It is good for them and for us who live with them, because more rest means less stress. And we all know it is better to live with relaxed humans.

So please, my human readers: rest more. Sleep, snooze, doze. Even better: relax together with your canine friend. Cosy!

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Lazy

All right, so I finally got the holiday feeling. I gave up on the guarding, at least: I don’t guard the path that is between the stony beach and our camper van anymore. It is way too busy to guard. I decided to guard our spot and that’s it. When someone enters our spot, I will chase him away. Maybe they think they can enter our camper van because I am sleeping, but they are dead wrong on that. I can go from totally relaxed to utterly mean in a split second. Every dog can. I guess most burglars know that, so they will not enter a camper van with a dog sleeping in front of it.

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Anyway, it is okay like this. I can do some napping, preferably in the sun. It is hot here. Nice!

Rest

Healthy living blogs give loads of information about food and exercise. But most of them miss a key part of the happy healthy lifestyle: rest. I think this is very strange. Humans, canines and all other animals need rest. Plenty of it! It is essential for our health.

I hear that a lot of humans don’t sleep enough. Maybe this is the reason why they are tired all the time and easily irritated by small things. They are too stressed, because their bodies and minds are exhausted. They exercise like hell, but forget the twin part of exercise: rest. So this post in the Bubbles Guide on Happy Healthy Living focusses on rest.

It is a mystery to me why humans underestimate rest. It is very easy to do and it costs nothing at all. It is a nice thing to do and above all environmentally friendly (this seems to be important to some humans). And while you sleep you cannot eat, so it makes you slim, too. There are only benefits!

There are different kinds of rest. There is sleep, of course. It is important to have enough sleep every night, in a place where you feel comfy and safe. When it is cold, you need something nice and warm to sleep in. Like this:

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You should sleep for at least 8 hours every night, to allow your body and mind to recharge. But there is more, because to be happy and healthy you have to rest during the day, too. A lot of humans do not rest after an activity. M for instance: we go out for a walk and when we get home, she makes coffee and starts working. When actually she should be resting after this walk. I do, and so do all other animals after an activity. It is the natural thing to do.

It does not have to be a long rest, just a snooze will do. You can do this anywhere, although it is nice when you can find a quiet spot.

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After this short snooze you will feel totally relaxed and ready for anything. Once again: humans can learn a lot from us dogs.

To summarize this very easy part of the Bubbles Guide to Happy Healthy Living:

1. Sleep at least 8 hours every night.

2. Snooze after an activity.

3. When you feel drowsy, take a nap. After only a couple of minutes you will feel rejuvenated. You can do this anywhere, even outside. Just close your eyes and doze off.

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Are you feeling sleepy already? That is fine. Do not resist it, do not get another coffee, but listen to your body and rest. Take a nap. Happy dreaming!

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:

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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.

 

Good & bad news

I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that M and P are going on a holiday without me. I can’t believe they are doing this, but the inconvenient truth is: they are. Their bags are packed and ready. The good news is I am going on a holiday too and stay with my personal trainer, Nicoline. I will stay with her and her dogs. It will be fun, we will go to the beach and the forest every day, for hours and hours!

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I am afraid I will not blog during this holiday. Nicoline is an old fashioned person: she thinks dogs should eat well, sleep well and be outdoors a lot of time. She won’t allow me to work on the computer. So I am sorry, but you will not hear from me for some time. The good news is I will have a lot of fun and probably have loads of nice pics to share with you after my holiday, because Nicoline is very good at making pictures. Like the one above (this was last year, with my Staffordshire friend Dibbus).

I am sure I’ll have an awesome holiday with Nicoline. I’ll tell you all about it when I am back home!

Wonderful winter walk

We had a wonderful winter walk this morning. The weather was fine, nice and sunny. In the shadowy spots the ground was still frozen, but where the sun had warmed the earth the ice had melted away. Which is good, because one can’t smell a lot on frozen things, even with an exceptionally sensitive nose as mine.

We walked along the canal to the forest. It turned out to be pretty busy, a lot of humans and dogs were walking there. I am a bit cautious in the forest, because sometimes I encounter bad mannered dogs in this place. So when I sense another dog, I stop and smell the air:

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Gladly, there were only well mannered dogs today (for instance my friend Juna). So we got on and enjoyed the walk. It is a very pretty place:

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We walked on and gradually the forest got thinner and the sandy dunes appeared. This is a nice place, because one can see very far:

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After enjoying the view we walked on to the beach. I love the beach. When I get onto the beach I run:

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I run very fast:

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There were a lot of dogs to run and play with, which was nice. I really enjoy doing that, I like it best when I can fetch their balls. I always get there first, you know, because I am the fastest dog on the beach:

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I ran and ran and fetched balls and then we walked through the forest back to our home. It was great fun. When we got home, I went upstairs to my favorite chair and look: the sun was shining directly on it! Very nice. I will sleep the rest of the day and wake up when M has my dinner ready.

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