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    A Man’s Best Friend

    Every morning I have the same routine.

    I get up. Slowly walk downstairs, and head for the kitchen sink. To the right of me is where I keep my daily meds. After four gulps of water, I plug in the tea kittle and prepare my morning cup of tea. With tea in hand, I head to our sitting room to check emails and to see if any of my children or grandchildren has put any new pictures on Facebook?

    Almost like clock work, our dog Rosie jumps up on the couch and waits patiently for someone to feed her breakfast. Rosie was 10 years old in July. She has a tough time jumping on couches, beds, and laps. In dog years Rosie is approaching 70. I know how she feels. The body just can’t do what it used to do.

    Below are things we can learn from a dog.

    1. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.
    2. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
    3. When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
    4. When it is your best interest, always practice obedience.
    5. Let other knows when they’ve invaded your territory.
    6. Take naps and always stretch before rising.
    7. Run, romp and play daily.
    8. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
    9. Be loyal.
    10 Never pretend to be something you’re not.

    This week’s bottom line: Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
    And always savor a FREE ice cream cone.

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