What Animals Teach Us

By Lisa Spector, Canine Music Expert, Juilliard Graduate, and co-creator of Through a Dog’s Ear.

After reading “Advice from a Dog” on a beautiful card by Ilan Shamir of Your True Nature, I started thinking about everything my dogs have taught me. I have two “career change” dogs from Guide Dogs for the Blind. Sanchez is an 8-year-old Yellow Lab. If Sanchez had a tag line, it would be “It’s All About Me.” If he could talk, these are the words I think he would share with me:

Be patient

Life is All About You

Treats are the answer to everything

Great days start with tummy rubs

Don’t sit at the computer for too long

If you really want the ball, then you go get it

It’s always a good time for a hike, as long as it’s not raining

Break out into moments of craziness when people least expect it

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Gina and Sanchez

Gina is a two year old Black Lab and couldn’t possibly be more different than Sanchez. Her tag line is “Let’s Play”.  I’ve had her for a little over a year, and she is bringing me different lessons. Here’s what she has to say:

It’s all good

Sleep close to those you love

Take frequent breaks for play time

The more kissing, the better everyone feels

If you are breathing, that is reason enough to be happy

Always keep your toys nearby and play with them often

Playing with another person is so much more fun than playing alone

Be present with your loved ones and they’ll be  present with you

Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle

Gina is calling me to go outside and play ball with her. Before I do, just a reminder that there is still time take advantage of our Thanksgiving Gratitude Special and receive 25% off of your purchase at  ThroughADogsEar.com when you enter the coupon code “gratitude” at check out. (Applicable towards single CD’s and book, not already discounted bundled packages or downloads.)

Do your animals give you advice in the form of life lessons? Thanks for sharing them in a comment below. Cat lovers, thanks for sharing your as well. Here’s Ilan Shamir’s Advice from a Cat.

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W. C
W. C1 years ago


William C
William C1 years ago

Thank you for the article.

pratima kamath
Pratima kamath6 years ago

Nice teaching , I love my Tinkerbell and I will now practice all these phrases when I am with her and my family .

Velmapearl Hawkins
Velma Hawkins7 years ago

Animals are so smart and show emotion and gratitude, as well as pain, they have instincts that are so much more powerful than human's instincts. we just have to look, pay attention, show love to them and listen..........they can't talk(except for some birds)but they communicate w/ us if we pay attention.

Diana B.
Diana Kolb7 years ago

That dynamite comes in the form of my chihuahua! that its ok to be scared of thunderstorms, that there is nothing like cuddling up under the blankets with someone you love and watching a movie, reading a book, or just relaxing. that no matter how mad, sad or upset you get a good kiss makes it all better. That someone will always be glad to see me when I come home and how to not care when you look crazy doing silly stuff.

Norelco Sale
Norelco Sale7 years ago

Unconditional love

Tom Sullivan
Tom C Sullivan7 years ago

They are Gods gift to humans, they teach us how to love, great companions & all they waqnt in return is a good back scratch,tummy rub some food, and to give you wet kisse's. spell God backwards and you get DOG, think he is tryiny to tell or spell us something. Just treat all animals with love and respect, if you listen to your doggie that is what he is teaching and showing us.
Peace, The Doxie Gang & retired Greyhound

Rose Balcom
Rose Balcom7 years ago

Patience, how to scratch, how to hate doctors, how to jump for joy and squeel with delight. Tear around for no particular reason, how to stalk, how to act stupid and how to love unconditionally!

Linda O.
Linda Owen7 years ago

Pure love!

Linda O.
Linda Owen7 years ago

They are angels with fur.