Freelance Dog Blogger – Will Work For Bones or Belly Rubs
Good Morning All. February’s Daychanger is up now, and I am super excited to introduce our first guest blogger on Windlasse.com – Mr. Jeter! Mr. Jeter is a handsome mini-goldendoodle with a big heart and a lot of free time. I figure as we gear up to celebrate Valentine’s Day with our sweets, it might help to kick things off with a few tips on love from everyone’s Best Friend Himself. Admittedly, it helps that his rates are pretty good. This post set me back one bone and two bellyrubs…
How To Love Like A Dog (as told by Mr. Jeter)
Here’s the deal. Last week, millions of people around the world were spotted wearing pink CAT hats. For the record, I am a purebred supporter of women’s rights, but I would also like to point out that not all dogs are bad. Some of us are doing great things. We have dogs joining Swedish racing teams, dogs having better birthdays , and now dogs with a purpose.
As a result of our contributions, I invite you to paws and recognize that there is no way we could have trained this many of you, without learning a thing or two about how to play the game of love. This advice is so good it’s going to make you want to fetch, shake hands and wag your tail.
1. Focus On The Treats
Full dog disclosure, at the end of the day I’m really in it for the treats. Don’t get me wrong, discovering the same brown, one-dish wonder in my bowl every night is no picnic, but at least it fills me up and is easy for you. Which probably explains why by the time you guys are having dinner, I’m already in bed already counting cats. It matters not if you are a Windlasse or a Windlad, if you want to love like a dog, you can push the “Easy” button for dinner but don’t scrimp on the dessert!
My young friend Connor-man is demonstrating this important lesson in the picture below. Originally this was Leah’s piece of cake, until Connor slipped in for a bite. Now he is a both a happy man and irresistable to women all around him. Come on, who wouldn’t want to kiss those cheeks?
I cannot emphasize enough how important good treats are to my behavior towards you, and to all of your relationships. Trust me on this.
(Windlasse note – learning from Jeter and making Oven Baked BBQ Chili and Jake’s famous Three Berry Cobbler for my special ones in February. Hint… omit the chili powder from the chili recipe, unless you like things super hot!)
Jake’s Cobbler Photo Credit: Roadfood.com
2. Give Canine Direction
When I need a belly rub I just ask for it. I don’t pussyfoot around batting my eyes at you trying to get your attention. I don’t throw my paw down on the table and nag you until I get my way. I don’t have a tantrum and start crying because I worry you don’t notice me or don’t love me enough. I do, however, make it easy for you, by assuming the belly rubbing position. If it’s not good timing, I’ll find something else to do and come back again in a few minutes without a grudge. I know you’re trying and we’ll get there. It’s really just about finding the right opportunity to give you clear direction that I would like to get a belly rub and that seems to work for you too.
I’ve asked Esther to demonstrate giving canine direction for us in the picture below:
If you want to be loved, like a dog, I highly suggest dropping the subtlety and instead asking for what will make you happy.
(Windlasse note – Honey, if you’re reading this, I could really use some new bubble bath. Specifically, I want to try the Hello Beautiful Luxury Bubble Bath from Bath and Body Works, with hints of jasmine, gardenia and Italian mandarin. It can be found online here, or at the Bath and Body Works shop at the Mall, Aisle 3. I’m kidding about Aisle 3, but seriously, let me know if you need better directions. Thanks Love.)
3. Play With the Kids
Rolling around with my small friends and having them dogpile on me is something I look forward to every day, and for which I am rewarded greatly with genuine hugs and kisses and laughter.
It makes no sense to me why this isn’t always the first thing all of you would want to do when you get home from wherever you go all day. By the way, where do you go all day?
(Windlasse note – Jeter shouldn’t get to have all the fun to himself. I think I’ll try setting up this Pool Noodle Balloon Volleyball game before dinner this month and see what happens)
Image of Pool Noodle Balloon Volleyball found online here
5. Love With Your Eyes Closed
I seem to be everyone’s best friend in this house. I don’t think it’s because of my fresh breath or my ability to shake hands, so I’m not sure why it is exactly. Maybe it’s because I don’t notice any of your flaws? I hear talk about losing weight there and getting gray hair, but I don’t see any of that (well actually, I could use a trim around my eyes and I can’t see much of anything right now). Who knows, people are strange. I’m not complaining though, it’s dog-gone cool to be loved so much.
Take it from me, if you want to be everyone’s best friend you might try loving more with your eyes closed.
(Windlasse note – Jeter, since you’re the guest blogger today, we are going to overlook the dog breath and chew toys strewn everywhere.)
6. Be Open To New Experiences
I’m excited to go wherever you want to take me. Of course, if you want to take me to that park with the cute, white Pomeranian or to that place where you get pizzas from that would be great. It doesn’t really matter though, I’ll go anywhere just to be with you. I’m open to new experiences, or just a quick trip to the mailbox. My friends are too. Here is a picture of my cousin Sparky from Albuquerque, New Mexico shopping with Aunt Diana.
One of our infinite canine wisdoms to share, is that if you want to learn to love like a dog, you have to be ready to try new things with the ones you love.
(Windlasse note – on the topic of trying new things with the ones you love, I recently heard about a great idea. When a woman at my Mom’s gym was asked by her daughters what she would like for her birthday, she said she wanted the whole family to attend a Zumba class together. So that’s what happened… adult kids, grandchildren, spouses, girls and boys all Zumba’d! Hearing about the Family Zumba experience made the wheels in my head start turning thinking about what new experiences we could be trying together. I’m not sure who the models are in the picture below, but pool time looks like something to try during winter days?)
7. Mark Your Territory
This boy here is our old friend O’malley. He sure did know a thing or two about protecting his pack. Like him, I have enough puppy love to share with lots of people, but the ones in this house are mine and I treasure them. No one is invited to disrupt our happy life. I don’t talk bad about them ever. You are not allowed to either. I expect that no one will hurt the people I love in any way. It should be easy for you, because I have clearly marked this territory. I will greet you at the door, you can be sure of that, but I do ask that you “please take responsibility for the energy you bring in to this space.”
(Windlasse note – Mr. Jeter likely heard this last quote from Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, the neuroanatomist who had a Stroke of Insight, and learned the scientific reason it’s so important for us all to embrace a positive energy. The people in my family are super special to me. For February, I want to make it a goal to bring only good vibes in to our home. At least I can try!)
In summary, I hope you enjoyed my canine love tips. It’s a collection gleamed from the many great dogs that have gone before us to lead the way… looking at you Jake, Spencer, and Lily. By the way, my schedule is pretty open from here out. Let me know if you are interested in my services, and to ensure a prompt response, please remember to include with your offer the number of proposed bones and belly rubs.