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Be more dog. Sunday January 11, 2015

On the UK TV at the moment one of the mobile phone networks is running a campaign where a cat explains that he has become "more dog". The idea being that dogs have more fun than cats. I am not sure that I get the advert and I think that my cats may disagree, however there is something to be said for being "more dog".

I have a black and tan mongrel who I have mentioned before. This morning I was woken up by a cold nose being pressed against mine and opened my eyes to find myself looking into a pair of almond shaped brown ones filled with all the excitement of a three year old on Christmas morning. For her it was a NEW DAY and that means breakfast and a walk. Nothing else troubles her little mind, she does not worry what tomorrow, next week, next month may bring; today is sufficient.

When I look back over the last twelve months I realise that almost everything I worried about either did not happen or turned out ok in the end. Now I am not saying that I will stop dealing with things and planning for the future but I intend to try and become a little "more dog" and just accept that todays troubles are enough to deal with without adding ones that have not or may not happen.

Not easy I know, but worth a try.

Now where did I leave that bone?

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Adam Sun, Jan 11th 2015 @ 8:13am

Lovely and uplifting - thank you Penny!

Hopeful One Sun, Jan 11th 2015 @ 8:14am

Hi Penny - a short piece but brings home a good point.My friend Ken has a black somewhat overweight Labrador called Fudge. When ever I look in his eyes I often wonder if he has any concept of yesterday or tomorrow.The answer that comes back is " No".Fudge I realize truly lives "in the moment"

Anonymous Sun, Jan 11th 2015 @ 8:49am

Perfect, Penny! We often look at our dog and wish we could be him...but only if as a dog, we lived here with peeps who love and look after him! He wakes us up with a little whimper to ask if he can come up on the bed and snuggle. Or he has snuck on the bed in the night and the first thing we know is, his nose is pressed up against one of us and the tail movement says it all...'here I am! Take me out! Why are you still in bed when there's walking to be done...sniffs to be sniffed at, squirrels and birds to be chased??!!'
Perfect! I want to be Toby today!

The Entertrainer Sun, Jan 11th 2015 @ 9:39am

Beautiful writing, Penny - and a perfect message for a Sunday morning x

Anonymous Sun, Jan 11th 2015 @ 11:33am

Very true! Worries from a year ago are different now, some changed, some disappeared, some should never have existed. Today: food, walk, sleep. They are the true essentials. Thank you Penny! Love from the room above the garage x.

Liz Sun, Jan 11th 2015 @ 11:45am

Yes so true. I would love to get a dog or a cat for my girls and I but unfortunately lack the resources to care for another ' person.'
But I can truly identify what Penny has said. And it's for that reason that I think having a pet dog or cat would be good for me, also my daughters would absolutely love it too. Maybe one day!!!

Anonymous Sun, Jan 11th 2015 @ 12:08pm

Hi Liz...well done that you haven't just gone and got a cat or dog...they are a huge commitment...but, perhaps 'borrow' someone's dog and take it for a walk, just to have an excuse to get out's amazing who you will meet and getting the fresh air can make the world of difference and you can see nature...and you can see if you really want a little someone else to look after at the same time as helping a neighbour who needs their dog walked??

Mary Blackhurst Hill Sun, Jan 11th 2015 @ 1:35pm

Lovely one Penny. Although I think my cats would say that having fun is overrated and that being cool is everything. I like the joke that whereas a dog thinks "My human feeds me, cares for me and loves me. He must be God", a cat thinks "My human feeds me, cares for me and loves me. I must be God."

Anonymous Sun, Jan 11th 2015 @ 4:41pm

Hello Mary; love it! just love it! Frankie

Laura Sun, Jan 11th 2015 @ 5:32pm

Liz - "Anonymous" is correct - pets are a huge commitment. My feeling is that, as things get better for you, day by day, you will begin to see yourself as a pet owner and take the next steps. Have you thought about volunteering at a shelter? I know in the U.S., most shelters are hard-up for money and couldn't survive without their volunteers. Maybe give it a try once or twice and see if you like it. It might even brighten your day!

Laura Sun, Jan 11th 2015 @ 5:34pm

Penny, this is just what I needed to hear today. Thank you.

Penny Sun, Jan 11th 2015 @ 6:46pm

Oh yes my cat defiantly thinks that the world revolves around her!

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