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18 Lessons from Phoebe the Schnauzer


While working with a recent client, we came across a typed document with this title at the top "Things you can learn from a dog." It included 18 lessons and was signed by "Freedom Ann." I have yet to find out who "Freedom Ann" is and her connection with dogs, but the list is great.  When I read each lesson it made me think of Phoebe, my 10 year old schnauzer. So I matched up the lessons with photos from the Phoebe file. 1. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.
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                2. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
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    3. When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.           4. When it’s in your interest, practice obedience.
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        5. Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.         6. Take naps and stretch before rising.
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      7. Run, romp, and play daily.                     8.  Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
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              9.  Be loyal.
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                10.  Never Pretend to be something you’re not.
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                11.  If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
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                12. When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.     13. Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
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                14.  Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
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                15. On hot days, drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree.
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                16. When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
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17. No matter how often you’re scolded, don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout...run right back and make friends.                   18.  Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
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