Saturday, November 20, 2010

(Day 324) Contentment

Dogs are pretty simple creatures. It doesn't take a whole lot to make or keep a dog happy:

 - they like to know that someone's in charge
 - they appreciate being fed. and watered. regularly
 - they respond well to being spoken to and treated kindly
 - they like to have a place to call home
 - occasionally they like to be scratched in those hard-to-reach places

 - they don't care if they get the same food every day, although a treat every now and then is nice
 - they greet you with great enthusiasm whether you've been gone 5 minutes or 5 days
 - they don't need to be entertained with the latest toys, in fact, a stick or ball, or simply going for a walk is lots of fun
 - they don't worry
 - they have patience. usually
 - they have a pretty good work/life balance - tilted a little towards life

I think we could learn a lot from our dogs.

(10-22mm  f7.1  5 sec  ISO200)

21 comments:

Farmchick said...

I have four dogs. And, I think they just might be the best "people" I know. Great creatures.

The Whimsical Gardener said...

We can learn a lot from our dogs. My dog is so incredibly patient that it just amazes me! Your sweet fur ball has a runny nose!

darlin said...

Amazing close up of Sasha, she's such an adorable dog. I think that in my next life I'm going to be a dog, yup that's what I'm going to do!

imac said...

What a super shot Rick.
They are a friend for life too.

teca said...

I love dogs! It's always a delightful companion!

Sasha is lovely! Beautiful!

Beijos, honey!

Katherine said...

Sasha is just so gorgeous & it is so true..we could learn much from the life of a dog and they're devoted loyalty to us humans.
Beautiful photo of Sasha.

becky said...

She is beautiful. If a dog has a good owner, what a wonderful life they have!

Alexander DeLarge said...

Oh my god, that's your dog? I love dogs. Really. I didn't know what was to have a dog until, 2 years ago, Stalin came home. They are great creatures, and as you say, we could learn so much about them...

Alex.

Carolyn Ford said...

This is such a beautiful photo! What a sweet dog with so much love to share...

Scott said...

Amen to that! Nice shot.

julia said...

A very nice shot and very sweet,kiss for Sasha,
Un saludo.

marty said...

Elle est belle, elle a l'air toute douce !
on dirait un ours polaire !!
profites bien de ta chienne ! la mienne
est partie il y a 3 ans, c'était un labrador
noir adorable !
je te fais plein de gros bisous et merci
pour les tiens qui me réchauffent le coeur !

Leslie said...

What a face! She looks a bit like a polar bear in this photo...

Chad said...

The photos lighting and white balance are perfect for the mood that make this such a great picture. Simple photo,great picture.

Rick said...

I can tell from all your warm comments that there are many dog lovers among you ! Yes, she is a loyal companion and I empathize with those of you who have lost a companion like that.

We've actually had a little 3-year old girl comment that she looks just like a polar bear ;-)

Thank you all for your visit and I hope the coming week goes well for you !

WhatKarenSees said...

Now this looks like a dog with little stress. Isn't worried about the economy or bills to pay, no relationship problems, doesn't care about the ozone, just having a nice nap. Wouldn't that be nice at times!!!

Tricia said...

Absolutely, I agree 100% - I just wish everyone treated their dogs/animals that good!!! =)

btw... she's gorgeous in all that white fur

Rick said...

@WhatKarenSees - yes, a dog's life doesn't look so bad !

@Tricia - yes, I can't understand anyone who could abuse such a loyal friend; thank you !

Cinthia said...

Sasha? Lovely...A wonderful dog & a great shot! she 's your dog? I've a Border Collie, Nanà, a sweet "terrible" dog....

Ps: My 'Followers' button is in my blog.....you can find it...;(((....kiss, Cy

Saz said...

Wow, she is absolutely gorgeous! Fantastic shots of her!

I agree whole-heartedly with the points you made about dogs (:

They show more compassion, love, loyalty and respect then a lot of people that I know!

Rick said...

Thanks, Saz. My wife says Sasha's spoiled - not sure where she gets that idea from ! And I agree with you re: dogs vs people !