Hi Kids! I have a question for you today. Have you ever sat down on a bench near a dog park and just watched the dogs for a while? It can be really interesting and funny. You may also be surprised to discover that you can learn a lot from doggies in a dog park.
Whenever the main gate of the dog park opens, all the other dogs look up to see who is coming to play. Even if they are busy chasing a friend, they notice when someone new arrives. Some will run on over to greet the newcomer, others will wait until later to introduce themselves.
But sooner or later every dog will make some kind of contact with every other dog in the dog park, if it is a small park anyway. Dogs like to play in groups it seems. If one dog is staying in the corner all by herself, other dogs will come close and try to get the lonely pup to join in the play.
Sometimes a very shy puppy will climb up high on a picnic table or bench to get away from the other dogs. They will run around the bench barking and trying to get her attention. They want everyone to be in the playgroup!
Dogs also know how to get other dogs to join them by grabbing a ball or dog toy and running away. They want to be chased and will even bring the ball back to a person in the park so it can be thrown again.
We can learn a lot from the doggies in the dog park. Maybe the next time you notice a shy or scared newcomer in your neighborhood or on the school playground, you could be brave enough to talk with them a little bit. If there is a certain kid on the school bus who always sits alone, you could be the one who shows love and kindness by sitting with them. They might want to be friends and just need a little kindness. Your smile can help them feel welcome and not so afraid.
The dogs in the dog park may never see one another again, but they act like old friends. They accept dogs of all sizes, shapes and colors. They do not divide up into groups of black dogs, giant dogs or fuzzy dogs. Everyone is a new friend and loved just because they are there in the park together. It is amazing really! Yes, I do believe that we can learn a great deal from our four-legged friends, don’t you?
Susie is a freelance writer who has always had a dog as part of her family since childhood. Her current writing partner is Layla, a mixed breed Labrador and Cocker Spaniel. http://susieklein.wordpress.com/
Based in Phoenix AZ., animal lover Kelly Preston is an award winning author of Real Dogs Don’t Whisper, a book in which she talks about her experiences and adventures with her special needs dogs and the life lessons they have taught – how she has learned and grown from them and they have learned and grown from her. Preston also produces Mr.MaGoo’s Corner, a free monthly dog-focused newsletter that features a reader of the month, birthday announcements, green pet tips, organic dog recipes and more.
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