5 Lessons Dogs Teach Their Humans

One August a cute little pooch curled up on next to me on a couch and stole my heart. Five years ago I brought that little pooch home. Happy five years to being the best of friends, Little One! If you read my blog, you know she always finds a place on my gratitude lists. She’s been such a blessing in my life and I’ve learned so much from her. In honor of five years with Little One, I thought I’d share five facts you may or may not know about her, and five lessons dogs teach their humans.

Dogs are always considered a human's best friend and, if we let them, they have so much teach us. Here are five lessons dogs teach their humans! // dreams-etc.com

5 Things About Little One

1 // Her name is Mina. I knew I wanted to give her a name inspired by literature. At first, I tried to name her Hero, after the character in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. It’s my favorite play and she’s my favorite character in it. Hero didn’t seem right. My other choice was Mina, after the character in Dracula. (Yes, she does have a little Dracula toy.) And that fit her! I wanted to give her a nickname on the blog, which is why she’s known on Dreams, etc. as Little One.

2 // She doesn’t play with toys. She also doesn’t play fetch. She doesn’t like to chew things, either. (Other than bully sticks, which she discovered when my pastor and his wife gave her one for her birthday last year.) I have a basket full of dog toys and a few of them have a few strings that she’s pulled out in her rare moments of throwing a toy around. Other than that, nothing. There is one stingray toy that she has played with in the past. It’s looking a little loved, but it’s still in tact and safe for her to play with.

Dogs are always considered a human's best friend and, if we let them, they have so much teach us. Here are five lessons dogs teach their humans! // dreams-etc.com

3 // She’s a tummy rub fiend. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that. This girl LOVES her tummy rubs and she’s always holding out hope you’ll give her some, even if she’s across the room. (And yes, she holds out hope, because she gets them a lot. Even if she’s across the room.)

4 // She moves with the cutest little wiggle. And she gets even wigglier when she’s excited about something. I don’t know what to say other than πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™.

5 // If she likes you, she licks the tip of your nose. It’s so cute and sweet.

Dogs are always considered a human's best friend and, if we let them, they have so much teach us. Here are five lessons dogs teach their humans! // dreams-etc.com

5 Lessons Dogs Teach Their Humans

1 // There’s always something to be happy about. She always, always, always makes me a smile. A little ray of sunshine–or, as I like to tell her (since I absolutely love rainy weather)–she’s my rain cloud on a sunny day. If I’m sad, frustrated, stressed… she brings me joy.

[Tweet “You can always find happiness. Look for your ray of sunshine. Or your rain cloud on a sunny day.”]

2 // Laughter is good for the soul. I guess this fits in with #1, but I always think of it as something special. The little shenanigans she gets into, how she whimpers when she really wants to bark at the squirrels outside… she always does something that makes me laugh, and it always feels so. good.

3 // You need to take breaks. I have to get outside each day–you know, to take my pup out. I can’t spend a Saturday attached to my computer without breaks. And that’s a good thing. It’s great to get outside for some fresh air. It feels good to move around. Whenever I have to get back to work when we go back in, I return to my work feeling refreshed and invigorated.

4 // Be still. I like to keep myself occupied–whether it’s working, writing, reading… you name it, I just want to be busy doing something. And yet, taking time to just be is so important. She reminds me of this in a variety of ways: whether’s it’s a long break to sit with her and give her tummy rubs, or if it’s when she gives me The Look if I try to rush her back into the house after she’s been outside. (Unless it’s dinnertime, of course. That’s when she drags me back into the house. πŸ˜‚) I realized the importance of taking time to be still once Little One came into my life.

[Tweet “We don’t have to hustle all the time. Take time to just be.”]

5 // Love unconditionally. When Mina decides she loves you, she loves you with all of her being. She hears you and her tail thumps against the floor. She hears the garage door open and she waits by the door for you to walk in. When you’re sick she takes care of you (…and hopes she can sneak away with a tissue). If you cough or sneeze, she checks in on you. If she sees a killer turkey in your yard, she’ll bark to scare it away. When she loves, sheΒ loves. And I hope that I can love the people in my life the same way she loves the people in hers.

(PS – Just kidding about the killer turkey. The killer part, not the turkey part. There is a turkey that walks through the yard every day. Mina is a little concerned that it might be plotting against us. πŸ’™Β )

And there’s one lesson Mina would LOVE to have me learn. Bedtime = 10pm. Good luck with that one, pup.

Dogs are always considered a human's best friend and, if we let them, they have so much teach us. Here are five lessons dogs teach their humans! // dreams-etc.com

[Tweet “What’s one lesson your dog would love to have you learn?”]

What has your pup taught you? And I’d love to hear something about your pet!

[Tweet “Dogs are human’s best friend. Here are 5 lessons we can learn from our loyal companions!”]

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    Beth Kondrick
    September 26, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Aww, happy five years to your Little One! I always love seeing her pictures, she is just the prettiest thing. I’m glad she brings so much joy to your life! I have plans to get a dog once the kiddo is in school full time. Just a couple more years!

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    September 26, 2017 at 11:35 am

    YES to the taking breaks! We’ve had our Luna for about two years now, and she is such a joy! But the biggest thing for me was getting used to taking breaks for the walks and playtime outside. She has a blast playing fetch and it helps me slow down and recoup when my day is getting crazy <3 Your little one is such a cutie!

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    Jenna Urben
    September 26, 2017 at 11:43 am

    This is adorable! I totally agree with laughter being good for the soul.

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    Jordyn Upchurch
    September 26, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    My husband and I adopted a lab from our local shelter about a year and a half ago. He has taught us so many things, including the things you mentioned above, but above anything else-he has taught us to enjoy everything, even the small things. When we take Forrest to the pond or creek at our farm, he jumps in without abandon. He swims and plays fetch and runs around until he is just exhausted. He enjoys everything, and we have learned to enjoy everything too πŸ™‚

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

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    September 26, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Awe, I love this post – and your pup. What a cutie πŸ™‚ Doggies are like family and not matter how tough of a day you’ve had – when you see your dog and they are SOOO happy to see you, if seriously lifts the spirit πŸ™‚

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    Elise Cohen Ho
    September 26, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    I do not have a dog and have not since I was very young. I do have a cat and he thinks he is a dog. πŸ™‚

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    September 26, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Honestly this post made me tear up. I loved it so much. It’s so true!

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    Ruthie Ridley
    September 26, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Awww so sweet!!! I love my black lab!!!

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    Kimberly M
    September 26, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    What a sweetie and I love the name Mina – we have a chocolate lab who is 13 now and is partially blind and deaf but he still loves big. I think having a pet whether a dog or cat, is so therapeutic. They do teach us so much and are good for the soul.

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    Erica Valentin
    September 26, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Such a cute pup !!!!!!!!! We have an american bulldog and i literally call him my son……i love him so much !! He;s such a loyal loving dog and I can’t imagine life without him !

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    September 26, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Aw, I love her name, and I like that it comes from literature. πŸ™‚ Dogs are definitely all about unconditional love and it just makes me happy to see how excited my dog is when we’re all home with her.


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    Monica Delmonico
    September 26, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    I love my puppy, Anzu! He makes me laugh every day, is great company, and makes me slow down and appreciate the little things. Dogs are the BEST!

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    Jessica Bradshaw
    September 26, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    This is such a sweet post. <3 I love my furbabies and agree that they have taught me all of this and more.

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    Lauren Grant
    September 26, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Love each of these, so so true! I appreciate the “take breaks”, they are very good at that! Something up humans could work on πŸ™‚

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    Lisa Roe
    September 27, 2017 at 9:26 am

    This is wonderful, and your puppy is so cute. We have a ‘grandpuppy’ that we adore. She truly is so good for our souls. We spoil her and even Facetime with her to see what she is up to and how much she has grown :).

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    Hanna J Smith
    September 27, 2017 at 10:14 am

    AWE! Giving my pups extra loving now after reading this!

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    Tinese BornPretty Harris
    September 27, 2017 at 10:59 am

    I am so not a pet lover! But I love to look at them! Yours are soo cute!

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    September 27, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    I’ve never had dogs, only cats, but the same can apply. Animals truly change your life, they love you unconditionally, and there is nothing better. <3

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    Dr. K. Lee Banks
    September 27, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Awww, she is adorable! Such pretty colors! This is my second blog tonight I’ve visited with a pet post! We have 3 dogs (and 8 cats) – all rescues! We love our fur babies and can only hope to be as unconditional in our love we give them, as they give us. Our dogs also do the nose licking thing – and the cats do the head butt and grooming thing on us!

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    justine @ sunnyinjune.com
    September 27, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    how adorable is your little pup!?
    i don’t have any pets… just three boys… that’s close enough, right?! LOL however, having a pet seems much sweeter than having kids some times!

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    September 28, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Love this.

    Also I love her name! Suits her perfectly πŸ™‚ I’m not sure where I’d be without the pups in my life, but they fill my days with much happiness <3 Buster doesn't like chewtoys either, but is a big sucker for a bully stick, too! XOXO

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    Taylor Smith
    September 28, 2017 at 9:48 am

    She is SO CUTE OMG. I have 2 kitties and no dogs, but one day when my husband and I buy a house, we will get a puppy!

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    Kaleigh Bulone
    September 28, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Well this is just the sweetest thing ever. Your dog is adorable!!! (Even though I’m more of a cat person) πŸ˜‰

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    Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew
    September 28, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    My puppy is my child honestly! I love this post! What did we ever do to deserve something as great as pups? πŸ’–

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    Lindsay @ The Flynnigans
    October 2, 2017 at 9:21 am

    My boys are always teaching me new things and they bring me such joy that I find so hard to put into words. <3
    I think that's really adorable that she doesn't play with toys or play fetch. πŸ™‚
    They ask for so little and give the world, don't they? xox

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    Chelsea Jacobs
    October 3, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    They are just the best unconditional lovers.

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