5 Things My Dog Has Taught Me

I am obsessed with my dog. There, I said it. If you’re a dog person, you most likely are, too. There’s something about pets that fills your heart so much. So much so, that you might cry while leaving her with a friend who will watch her while you’re on vacation. Just as an example. I don’t know anyone like this. (Sense the sarcasm?)

But this got me thinking about all the things Copley has taught me. She absolutely makes my life, and Vinn’s life, so much better. I can’t imagine life without her and got through this international move thanks to her. Here are 5 things my dog has taught me!

Stop and smell the roses. 




On every single walk, Copley stops to sniff. There’s just so many great smells, I guess. The above picture was taken in Munich where we had a great little weekend getaway and you can clearly see that Copley is more interested in experiencing life and not taking a picture.

It is great lesson that no matter what is happening in life, you should always stop and enjoy the moment, smell the roses, as they say. This is especially important in today’s culture with social media and sharing most happy aspects of your life with everyone you know. I try to be mindful of this, especially on vacation, that life is about the little moments. Copley forces me to stop, literally, but she has definitely made the little moments of life some I’ll never forget.


Unconditional love. 




Everyone says it, but I didn’t believe it until Copley came home with us. But dogs show you what it means to have unconditional love. Every day, no matter what has happened, when I get home, Copley runs to greet me. She loves to lay on my lap and drink water out of my glass and play fetch with Vinn. She is just happy to see us all the time. There is no wavering.

And I love her unconditionally, too. Just going to the gym makes me feel sad because I have to leave her. I would do anything for this puppy.

*Yes, I love Vinn unconditionally, too.

Daily exercise is so important. 




Health is important to me. I love working out, going to the gym and running outside. Copley has really shown me just how important the daily part of daily exercise really is. She and I go on about two walks a day and it helps her mood as much as mine. She is much more well-behaved, relaxed and an overall good girl after she’s had at least one walk. She needs the stimulation and the endorphins, too.

The walks for me also give me time to listen to my favorite podcasts, explore a new area of town or even a new city (the one above is Vienna) and get some Vitamin D.

To speak up for what you want. 




This is Copley stealing water from my glass on the way to bed one night. Please disregard my amazing loungewear and hair. But, you know what, girl goes after what she wants and apparently, she wanted a drink of water.

I’ve always been a go-getter in life and my high school friends would probably tell you I went a little extreme on the “I do what I want” front. But, I believe that your life is just that, your life. And you have to do what makes you happy.

Copley sure does. Another example. One night before bed, Copley and I were snuggling and Vinn went to turn off the light. He was playing around and turning the switch from on to off really fast. Well, Copley did not like that. At all. After the second time, she growled at him. We thought it was a fluke, but we did it again last week and this time instead of growling, she barked after the first switch from on to off. Girlfriend wanted those lights off. It’s a nice reminder that you can speak up for yourself, while still being polite. Or cute, in Copley’s case.

That laughter really is the best medicine. 




Copley does funny things every single day. Like above when she learned she could climb in the hampers to steal socks. See those socks right on top? Yeah, she wants those. I’ve always believed that the only way to get through rough times was to laugh about it, to make light of difficult situations. And Copley has continued that for me.

Copley is the best dog in the entire world. She is part of our family and I wouldn’t change that for the world!


Do you have a dog? What has he/she taught you?

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