Dog On Life

Willie Nelson…be happy, think like a dog

My human took me to the place they drink beer and talk. After a couple of beers, humans either get into arguments or they get kinda thoughtful. The singer Willie Nelson came on. I like him, he has a good sense of life for a human. Anyway, the song went, “And I could cry for the time I’ve wasted, but that would be a waste of time and tears. And I know just what I’d change, if went back in time somehow. But there’s nothing I can do about it now.” My human said that dogs are good at that because they only have the mental level of a two to two and a half year old human. My ears pricked up waiting for another ‘dogs are stupid joke’. But what he said next made me proud for its truth and dog sense. “According to Stanley Coren, an expert on dog-human interaction, because dogs mature to this human age, they have the emotions that a human child would have at this age: joy, happiness, anger, disgust, fear and love. These basic emotions allow us–dogs and humans to live in the world. But dogs don’t develop the complex emotions of guilt, shame or pride. These are the emotions that make human life more complex and frequently less enjoyable. How great would it be to live without guilt?” he said. So, I guess what he was saying is that if humans could live without the negative emotions, life would be a lot better. He went on to say that when humans loose a game or something in business, they carry it around like a big rock. Dogs don’t do that. As a dog I can say that if I miss that rabbit today, I know that another rabbit is out there for fun tomorrow. So I know that Willie gets it…“there’s nothing I can do about it now” is a good way to live and love.

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