All I Really Need to Know About Life I Learned From My Pet

Filed in Living by on July 3, 2014 1 Comment

sleeping dogThere is a book called “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” but I think that is BS. I didn’t learn a damn thing in kindergarten—I vaguely remember only a lot of crying, wiping of noses, and going to the bathroom.

Anyway, I think I’ve learned much more about life from my little dog Munson. What have I learned from him? Here are some examples.

  • Be gentle and kind to everyone. Munson is sweet and kind to everyone he meets. When someone picks him up, he will instinctively start licking their hand, which is his way of showing affection. He doesn’t differentiate between people based on what they do for a living, their race or nationality, or even how they treat others—none of that matters to him.
  • Cherish your mother and father. Munson loves his “Daddy and Mommy” (that would be me and Elaine). When we come back from vacation, he whimpers so much in delight that I’m afraid he’s going to pee on the floor. He missed us terribly!
  • Enjoy the simple things in life. Munson is happiest when he is eating, playing with a toy, chewing on a bone, or going for a walk. Not exactly rocket science being performed, that’s for sure. He relishes the simple things—even a good pooh!
  • Rest if you are tired. I touched on this idea in my book. If Munson is going for a walk and feels overextended, he will just plop down and rest. We should be so intuitive.
  • Seek comfort. Munson understands that life is more enjoyable if you keep yourself comfortable. If he is outside and it is hot, he will lay in the shade on the cool concrete. If he is inside and it feels cold, he will seek out sunshine near a window and lie there. He follows his feelings and stays comfortable. Why suffer?
  • Be loyal. Munson is like most pets in that he is unfailingly loyal. You could forget to come home and take him out for potty, and he will greet you just as cheerily, if a little cross-legged. He doesn’t desert you for minor faults or mistakes, but rather loves unconditionally.
  • Don’t worry so much about being productive. Munson doesn’t worry about being useful. He can wake up, eat, go potty, and then go right back to sleep for a good nap, without feeling even a tinge of guilt. Heck, he doesn’t even have a job!
  • Don’t worry about things. I am guessing here, but I bet Munson would be just as happy if our house were smaller, our yard less fancy, and he was taken around town in a Kia instead of a Lexus.
  • Don’t worry about death. Once again I am speculating, but I doubt Munson gives death a second (or even first) thought. He probably figures, “What’s the point? I might as well just lie in the warm sun and enjoy this fine day.”

If you’ve read my book, then you might conclude that with all of the mistakes I’ve made in my life, Munson is actually smarter than me. You would be correct!

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TIM MCINTYRE retired in 2004 from his position as president of Applied Systems after facilitating a successful sale of the company. At only forty-six years old, he made the unusual decision to fully retire to pursue other interests and simply enjoy free time. As a hard-driving Type A personality, this turned out to be a significant challenge for the Notre Dame and University of Chicago-educated MBA, CPA, and Certified Cash Manager.

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  1. Ed deMartin says:

    Thanks, Tim- and please give my best to Munson.

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