Dogs Enjoy the Simple Things in Life

One quality I really admire in dogs, is their ability to just enjoy simple things.  I remember bringing Rugby home in 2007 and presenting him with five new toys.  There was a tennis ball, a Nylabone, a soft toy, a knotted rope ball, and a Kong toy.  I didn’t know what sort of toys he would prefer, so I got a small assortment for him to try out.

I will never, ever forget the look of wonder and joy on his face as he considered these objects.  I remember seeing him look up at me as if to say, “Are these mine?  All of them?  Mine?  And I don’t have to share?” As a rescue dog, I don’t think he’d really had toys of his own before, and he was so very excited.

Since then, I’ve paid more attention to dogs and I’ve universally noticed this same simplicity about them.  Many dogs really love a ball.  Just a simple ball.  When Rugby first came to our home, we got him balls that squeaked, and he just loved to chase them for hours at a time.  What a simple toy, simple game, and I smiled every single time we played.

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His piggies are legendary…

Of course, those balls gave way to polka dottie piggies, once Rugby discovered that they were both toys and a security blanket for him!  But again, a very simple toy, and he loves them more than anything at all.  They don’t have bells or whistles on them…they just grunt.  That’s it.  They grunt.  And Rugby thinks they are marvelous.

Rugby often wants to be right where I am.  If I’m working at my desk, he’s in his man cave under my desk.  If I’m on the sofa, he’s either laying right next to me or he’s laying on my feet.  He’s always been my little shadow, never leaving me alone for long.  If the weather allows, I typically just leave our back door open, and Rugby can come and go as he likes.  If I don’t stay outside with him, he will often do an occasional yard check, but he always comes back in to look for me.

Now that the weather is cooling, I’m trying to spend some extra time writing outside….on the patio….just enjoying the weather, the crisp Fall smells, and the busy critters preparing for Winter.  It always seems like an ordeal to gather up all of my gear and haul it outside and set it up all over again.  But the joy on Rugby’s face when he sees me joining him outside is always worth it.

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He keeps watch right next to me.

When I’m outside with him, he will often poke around his yard, lingering here and there, taking in a new or interesting smell.  And he knows the noises of particular birds, and especially Chipmunks and Squirrels.  And he loves chasing them out of his yard or up a tree!  But after each little running and barking jag, Rugby loves to come up and sit right next to me.  I generally bring one of his dog beds out to the patio and put it right next to my chair, so that he can sit with me and relax in some comfort.

He loves this.  He really does.  It’s so simple.  It’s not expensive.  It’s not difficult. I don’t have to do it all day long…just as long as I want on any given day.  So simple.  And I always feel so full when I have to walk away from it and move along to something else on my schedule for the day.  Dogs are so very good at slowing down and just enjoying the simple, little individual moments that make up this thing that we call life.  I’m so completely thankful for my little speckled dog to help keep me grounded, and help remind me that the most simple things in life are often where the memories of life are embedded.

 

 

 

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  1. Annette & Troops says

    That unconditional love brings warm and fuzzies to both the furbabies and hoomans~ Thanks for the simple reminder to bring such joy to everyone 🙂

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    • Sally says

      Thanks for reading and taking time to comment, Annette! It really is a choice to focus on the simple things of life, and if we don't choose to do it, life gets in our way and we get bogged down in so many other things. I'm so thankful that Rugby keeps giving me daily reminders....as do the many dogs that I train every week! 🙂

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  2. Donna says

    We enjoy your blog and learn so much from you. Thank you for a lovely reminder about the importance of simplicity.

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    • Sally says

      Donna, thanks so much for reading and for taking the time to comment as well. I'm so very glad to know we're teaching you things that have value in your life....one of those being to keep life simple!! I get a daily piggie reminder on this!! 😉

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  3. Michelle says

    Simplicity and willingness to just be present are such gifts. Our dogs are so much better at this than we are. I enjoyed this post.

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    • Sally says

      Thanks, Michelle, for reading the post and taking time to comment. Dogs just excel in simplicity and just "being" with those they love. Rugby is rarely happier than when his whole pack is home and relaxing with him. Life is good...

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  4. Hope Harbeck says

    Sally, I enjoy reading and learning from your blog. Thanks for giving up your time and educating us. Also, Indie the Corgi mix says thank you for telling us about the piggies. She loves hers. We humans in the household are still adjusting to sudden startling snorting noises. Ha.

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    • Sally says

      Hi Hope! I'm so very glad that you're enjoying our blog and that it's teaching you good things as well as providing some smiles! It absolutely is a labor of love, and it's kind of you to recognize and appreciate that! Rugby and I are tickled pink that Indie enjoys she polka dottie piggie!! I completely understand being startled by the grunt! Just wait till you step on one in the middle of the night when the lights are out! 😉

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