Man's Best Friend

Happy National Dog Day! If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to be chosen to be a dog’s human, you know how much they have enriched our lives. We could learn a lot from our furry canine friends – loyalty, unconditional love, finding joy in the simple things in life, and treating each day as a new adventure. Our dog, the Tasmanian Devil, has only a few basic needs to be happy – eating/drinking, sleeping, swimming, and being close to us. Sometimes he has a problem with personal boundaries with new people, but that’s because he’s never met a stranger. He greets everyone as if they are his long-lost best friend, even if you’ve been in his presence for 10 hours and stepped out of the room for 5 seconds. And what better way to catch up on what you’ve been up to in those 5 seconds than jumping in your lap. Which might not be so bad if he were one of those tiny little teacup puppies, but having an 80+ pound golden retriever launch himself into your lap can be a little unnerving. Even with his cute face.

Taz is the best office mate a person could have. He’s either sleeping right next to my desk or right under my feet when I’m in the studio. I have learned to watch where I step: he REALLY doesn’t like to be tripped over, and I REALLY don’t like falling on my rear. He also does a pretty darn good job of keeping door-to-door salesmen from interrupting me while I'm working. Most don’t stick around after the first round of barking. He may look cute but he sounds like Cerberus guarding the gates of Hades!

Taz also helps provide work-life balance. He lets me know when it’s time to quit working and time to take him swimming. Like now. Right now. Boy, does he have me trained!

Golden retreiver swimming in a pool
Taz helping me with work/life balance!

I’ve learned a lot from all the dogs that have been part of my family, and I’d like to think that I’m a better person for having them in my life. Happy National Dog Day, my sweet little devil-dog. I love you!

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