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Friday, October 21, 2011

My Senior Dog: Life Lessons
Learned from a Furry Mentor

by Carrie Boyko, CEB
© Carrie Boyko
Xena's Wisdom Lives On

As the one year anniversary of our loss of Xena just passed, I found myself thinking of her more and more frequently. I called her "First Alert Xena" because she was a better weather predicter than any weather alert radio or weather forecaster. Some days I suddenly realize another lesson learned from her wisdom. Today I share a few of Xena's lessons with you. Feel free to comment with your own below. You can read my farewell to her at the link above.
  1. Afternoon naps aren't just luxurious; they are often necessary to rejuvenate the weary body, mind and spirit.
  2. Approach life as a playground; never stop exploring.
  3. Never meet a stranger; approach everyone you meet as someone who has something to offer. 
  4. Savor your chew toys, even when they happen to be human.
  5. Play with abandon.
  6. All things in moderation, even healthy food.
  7. Mentor new packmembers; tolerate annoying ones with respect. They are still part of the family and may eventually grow on you when given the chance.
  8. "Blankies have purpose". Even adults need a "Don't leave home without it" item.
  9. Leashes are not necessarily a bad thing. Just like cell phones, they help us keep track of loved ones.
  10. Dog Parks allow for leash-free fun. No cell phones should be allowed inside; focus on Fido!

This post is a part of the Saturday Pet Blogger Hop hosted by Life with Dogs, Two Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume. Following are their rules of participation as taken from Life with Dogs' site on October 21, 2011:

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shilohsmom said...

I just read your tribute at the other link. Beautiful tribute to a beautiful dog!

Talking-Dogs said...

Lovely post. We lost our most senior dog, Tucker, earlier this month and we are realizing every day the lessons he taught us.

ThePainterPack said...

Woos to All Things Dog!


Edie said...

xena was indeed wise -- and you are wise to heed and share her lessons. Thanks for a lovely post.

Anonymous said...

Sound like some great lessons to me!

melf said...

Really great lessons. Xena sounds like she was an awesome dog. I think I would say that Daisy has taught me that sometimes it's okay to go slow with people and Jasper would be that flirting does a long way to winning someone over. :)

Lauren said...

Aww Carrie, Xena sounds like she was a wonderful dog. I'm so sorry for your loss, but I am glad that you had so many wonderful years with her! Thank you for sharing her words of wisdom on this anniversary.

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