I love having bits of life where I don’t have to worry about my ears. As I’ve said before, having a dog is one of those things. Our dog Izzy is a great companion and she never says things I can’t decipher.
You meet a lot of people, too, when you are out with a dog. Dog owners are a friendly bunch, who are usually ready to stop and talk. In the relative quiet of the countryside, one on one, I can cope quite easily with these conversations; my hearing causes me very few problems. Hurrah!
Nigel and I were novice dog owners when we first had Izzy, five years ago. Whilst we were working we had always had cats, but retirement brought different opportunities. It was a bit of a shock at first; dogs are not at all like cats. Whilst we were still getting used to this I amused myself by inventing a list of life lessons that Izzy might be promulgating if she was a canine life coach………
“No matter how awful the weather you’ll feel better if you go for a walk.”
“If you feel a bit tired have a BIG drink of water – a whole bowl full – then have a good SHAKE. You’ll feel great after that.”
“When others are snappy, growly or plain bad-tempered – ignore them. Walk on by with your tail up”.
“Life is fantastic. Hurl yourself at it.”
“Get enough sleep.”
There are lessons there for all of us………