The Family Dog

Lotte tired

Wherever she had been she was now exhausted

The other day I received this from a friend.

Inner Peace:
If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and
boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat plain food every
  day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved
  ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can take criticism and
  blame without resentment,
If you can conquer tension
  without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

…Then You Are Probably
  ………
The Family Dog!
     

37 responses to “The Family Dog

  1. LOL. I didn’t see it coming despite your title. I was reading along thinking how admirable those practices would be and how I should strive to achieve them. Thanks for the laugh.

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  2. Have done without the caffeine, alcohol and drugs for a long, long time but have not started barking yet. I still, however, need those first 2 cigarettes to get rolling.

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  3. Yep, I’m the family dog.

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  4. love this. i think this poem was signed by Mirza, my English Setter. hee hee.

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  5. So very true. And, as I type, our two large mutts are passed out on the bed beside me. Life is good.

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  6. Funny. Thanks for passing it along, Judith.

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  7. I didn’t see it coming either…. : ) …by line four, I was already moaning and groaning in my mind about how I couldn’t do any of those….and it only got worse from there…. : ) ….whew…what a relief…only the family dog can do those…. : ) …what a good laugh!

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    • My late husband’s cousin always said if he came back after death he would want to come back as our dog. Well I must say that Lotte has a cruisy life and from all these comments, so do all the dogs owned by my blogging friends.

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  8. LOL, thank goodness we have our furry family members to keep us sane. Mine is snoring on my feet right now.

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  9. I often aspire to be the family dog…she leads a charmed life!

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  10. Ahhh! I do often envy the life of our dog (and cat)!

    By the way, I am not sure I could start the morning without caffeine! I could probably downsize to decaff as long as no one told me it was not the real stuff. Is swear I am addicted to the warm mug and coffee bean aroma.

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    • I start with a cup of tea but then it’s into the coffee for me. And having never tasted decaf I don’t think I want to try it. I too love the warm mug and the aroma of real coffee. 🙂

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  11. I don’t mind…I want my peace….just sweet and funny with lots of truth in it. Peace is easier said than done , may need lots of work but in the end It will be worth it all. For 2012….I’m praying and striving for inner peace. Happy New Year my friend. Wishing you love, joy , tons of laughter, great health and yes, lots of serene peace for 2012….

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    • If everyone around this world could attain inner peace then there would be an end to all the strife and conflict. I join you in wishing for innter peace in the coming year. Happy New Year to you my friend and best wishes to your lovely wife and son.

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  12. I mean, mine needs lot of work…

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  13. I love this…it is so true.
    for some reason I am not getting your notifications.
    Think I must unsubscribe and redo it.
    Compliments of the season.

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    • Oh Grabby – you are missing out on the words of wisdom aka nonsense from this aged mind. Thanks for following and commenting. Happy New Year to you and yours. 🙂

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    • OMG – I see that I have called you Grabby. My humble apologies and thanks for resubscribing even if I did call yu the wrong name. Fingers on wrong keys obviously.

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  14. Oh, the dog’s life! Good one, Judith 🙂

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  15. jacquelincangro

    Truer words never spoken! Reggie is snoring loudly now after an “exhausting” day of car travel. 🙂

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  16. This is funny (but true). I’d like to be more like a dog 🙂

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  17. lol! So true. We could all take a few lessons from the family dog. 🙂

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  18. Refuting the theory that one leads a dog’s life … ?
    Our family Lab dog,Edward,is the boss of the house and he keeps teaching us lessons of patience,relaxation,devotion and above all the art of the unconditional love.
    Loved your post with the pithy aphorisms,Judith and of course,Lotte’s image showing her living a totally dog’s life …
    Hope your 2012 days are bright and hopeful.
    Doda

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    • Thank you for the comment. I have been over to your blog and love the recipe. Thanks for sharing it with us. And yes, there is much we can learn from our faithful four-legged friends as you say. I am working on it. 🙂

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