Smart dog, slow master

by midlifecrisisqueen on February 23, 2013

My dog Rasta only weighs 11 pounds, and his brain looks miniscule from here, but he doesn’t know that.  The truth is that he’s smarter than most of us!  He greets everyone at our front door with an assertive, defensive stance, and protects us from every squirrel that wanders into our yard.

Here are a few of the life lessons he tries to teach me every day:

There is only right now.  If there is one being I know who lives in the present, it is Rasta.  He only sees what is right in front of him, and I often envy his focused and singular perspective.  He has no conception of tomorrow and probably cannot remember what happened yesterday, so he focuses constantly on right now.

Don’t bite off more than you can chew.  Because he has no understanding of the idea of tomorrow, he tends not to overdo it today.     He takes plenty of naps and lives in the moment like a true Buddhist monk.

Take the time to enjoy life and play every day.  Play is an essential part of his day, and he makes certain to get in at least a little bit every day.  If we don’t cooperate he goes off alone with one of his toys and makes up his own games. Of course, he loves it best when we join in!

Love the ones you’re with.  Rasta is an expert at this!  He lives love and devotion and was apparently born with this innate ability.  And because he has never experienced rejection or betrayal, why not love the ones who love you?

Don’t worry about the whole wide world.  This is the trait I envy the most.  Sometimes I wish I didn’t know about nuclear war or global warming, or the war in Syria, or how likely a meteorite is to land on my head today.  Sometimes I wish I could just be here doing my life the best I can without all of that extra awareness.

Go with your instincts.  It seems most of us lose track of our intuitive, instinctual selves by the time we’re five.  Rasta apparently doesn’t have this problem.  He goes with his gut no matter what.  He cannot help himself.

Believe in yourself, even against astronomical odds!  Rasta really shows his true nature on this one.  He sees his full-time job as protecting me from everything.  Oh, if he only knew how powerless he is against just about everything that could happen to me today.  But he doesn’t, so he believes completely in his own power to keep me safe.  So glad I have him on my side.  I feel so much safer with him around!


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John Agno February 23, 2013 at 9:26 am

My dog’s focus is primarily on sleeping and eating with some play time on the side.
He always lets me know when dinner is to be served.

midlifecrisisqueen February 23, 2013 at 9:30 am

Right John… good to know where we fit into the scheme of things!

tom sightings February 24, 2013 at 7:22 am

LOL, thanks for the words of wisdom. We can all learn a few things from our canine friends, as I did too in my New Year’s post at

Ginger Kay February 24, 2013 at 10:25 am

Rasta is adorable. I am a fan of small dogs. My little one did have a rough start in life, and had to learn to trust again, but it did not diminish her capacity to love. She brings us so much joy and comfort!

midlifecrisisqueen February 24, 2013 at 10:28 am

Can you imagine having such a simple, but beautiful purpose? To bring joy and comfort your whole life! Dogs know something we do not… LLC

cheryl March 19, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Rasta is so adorable, Rusty and Chelsea are his mom and dad and just as adorable. It makes me so happy to see one of the puppies and hope that all the other’s are so loved by there owners. I’m so glad you came over that day and decided to take the runt of the litter, if not we were going to keep him ourselves, He is blessed to have you and you are blessed to have him. Cheryl

midlifecrisisqueen March 19, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Yes, Rasta is such a blessing! Thank you so much. -Laura

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