My life was changed forever the day she became a part of it. I waited 23 years before getting my first dog, and looking back it’s amazing what I missed growing up without one. Don’t get me wrong, I had a plethora of pets growing up. We housed cats, birds, fish, gerbils, and my brother even had a rat. I guess for me, my heart really never understood just how much a part of my family a pet could be until my sweet Maggie came into my life. She blessed my home for a little over 14 years and despite her interest in our garbage cans, she was a very well-behaved dog. She was very easy-going and didn’t have a mean bone in her body. She had a very unique look as well. I always told people she was part Beagle, part sneaky neighbor’s dog. Her head looked like a Beagle, her body was black and white spotted, her legs were red and white spotted, and she had a large black spot on her side. She also had one ear that stuck straight out to the side and one that flopped over. One hot July, while at my in-laws’ house in west Texas, we decided she needed a haircut. With the goat clippers in hand, my brother-in-law sheared the thick hair off her to reveal a very spotted dog underneath. You could tell she felt better, and as the years passed, we would occasionally shave her at home so as to reduce the amount of Maggie hair that collected throughout the house. As with any pet, there are lessons to be learned, but Maggie had a way of teaching those lessons to us in her own unique way. I figured it’s always good to learn something through another’s experiences, so I wanted to share some of Maggie’s life lessons with you.
- Don’t bite the hand that feeds you; kisses are much more effective.
- Your food always tastes better when it comes from someone else’s bowl.
- It is possible to teach an old dog new tricks.
- When in doubt, dig it up.
- If it smells like something dead, it is best to roll on it ensuring its stench covers you thoroughly.
- It’s easier to just go with the flow.
- A stranger is a friend you haven’t met (or licked) yet.
- It’s necessary every once in a while to assert your dominance.
- When you gotta go, you gotta go!
- There’s nothing better than a cold tile floor to cool you off on a hot day.
- Boundaries are for wussies!
- Being a daredevil can be as easy as playing in traffic or going on an expedition.
- Houdini has some serious competition in the “escape artist” arena.
- Dog food is good, but cookies are better.
- Determination can be measured by seeing just how far your tongue can stretch into a mostly empty jar of peanut butter.
- June bugs are a great source of protein.
- When no response is received, bark louder…and more frequently.
- It is possible to river dance on a tabletop.
- A day of beauty will get your noticed.
- When you get caught stealing food, it is best to shove as much of it into your mouth before making a break for it.
- Eyebrows NEVER stop growing.
- You can sleep through pretty much anything.
- There is always a buried treasure at the BOTTOM of the garbage can.
- Paper towels and tissues are meant to be shredded and thrown about in celebration.
- Dad’s side of the bed is much more comfy…especially under the sheets.
- If you didn’t see them see you on the couch it doesn’t count.
- It is possible to get your neck wet when drinking water.
- Hiding under the house will earn you another night’s stay at Mama Sissy & Paw Paw’s house.
- Playing chase is fun, especially when it’s after you’ve escaped from the yard.
- It is possible to be both sweet and devious at the same time.
Sure all of these are valuable lessons, but none quite compare with the final ones she taught me.
Love is unconditional.
Forgiveness is universal.
Home is where your box is parked.
Whatever someone wants to call you is okay as long as they call you with love.
My life will never be the same without my sweet Maggie.