Monday, March 5, 2012

Go ahead, stick your face out the window

Let's talk about dogs. I love dogs. I love their boundless energy, compassion, and everlasting joy at the return of their human. Just about more than anything, I love a dog's zest for life.

It's amazing...throw any dog in a vehicle with an open window, and where does the dog's face go? Right out the window. Ears flying, jowls flapping, drool flinging. It's a beautiful sight. I can't not look when I see a dog riding in a car, or the back of a pickup. They're just so into it, happy, thrilled to be out in the wide world with who-knows-what-kind-of-smells coming from every direction.

Doesn't this look like fun? I mean, who wouldn't have a good time?

It occurred to me the other day that life would be much better if we decided to be a little more dog-like. To just go for it and enjoy the ride, even if it messes up your hair. The Victorian novelist, Samuel Butler, said it best: 

"The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too."

Now, I don't currently own a dog myself, so I hope it's okay to make a fool of oneself even without a dog. Because doggone it (pun intended), life's too short to just sit in the backseat like a normal person.

So go ahead. Stick your face out the window. You may look like an idiot, but you'll be having way more fun than everyone else.

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