10 Life Lessons I Learned from My Puppy Rosie

Life lessons sometimes come in surprising packages, don’t they?

Today I took Miss Rosie on her second power walk with me. Cairn Terriers are known to be bright, cute, feisty and stubborn. This girl is OFF THE CHARTS in all these areas.

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Sweet innocent Rosie… who knew God would use her to teach me life lessons?!

At four months old, she is getting just a little bit (or alot, depending on the day) more active and crazy every day. WAY crazier than Pumbaa or Rowdie were as puppies.

Life Lessons I Learned From My Cute Puppy! | Tabler Party of Two | www.TablerPartyOfTwo.comSo long daily walks are clearly a MUST with this girl! Today we walked along El Paseo, which is an upscale, outdoor shopping area here in Palm Desert. There were lots of people strolling around today, and I learned that Rosie is a human MAGNET! Everyone smiled as we passed, and many wanted to pet or hold her.

Of course, part of the reason they showed an interest in her is because Rosie enthusiastically loped over towards every person we passed, as though she were saying, “Hi! Hello! I’m ROSIE! Let’s be friends!” Doesn’t matter who they are: man, woman, white, black, young, old. Just doesn’t matter. She simply likes people.

As I watched Rosie run up to someone for about the 20th time, I started to think “Andrea, you need to be more like Rosie!” It now seems to me that God has taught me several life lessons since this crazy, bouncy puppy with the waggly tail entered my life on Christmas Eve!

1) Be warm and engage with everyone I pass with a smile. You just never know when you might meet a new friend.

2) Be a loyal friend.  

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3) Show unconditional love to those who mean the most to me.

4) Go to bed early enough to start the next day at the crack of dawn, full of energy, excitement and curiosity.

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5) If something I want is โ€œburied,โ€ dig tenaciously until I find it.

6) When I hurt or disappoint a friend or loved one, lower my tail and my ears (i.e., be HUMBLE) and try to make things right as quickly as possible.

7) Be sure to run, play and have little fun each and every day.

8) Take time to cuddle.

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9) When someone responds grumpily when I greet them, keep on smiling. They are probably just having a bad day, and my smile might have blessed them more than I know.

10) Test the limits daily. Go outside my comfort zone. Explore the unknown. Amazing, new things just might await!


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  1. This is most favorite one you have posted! That is so cute and you said it so well.
    Love your blog!

  2. Tamra Phelps says:

    Rosie is adorable. I think the biggest lesson I learned from our last dog (a Doberman/German Shepherd mix), was never judge a book by it’s cover. He was as big as a horse, lol, but he was a big overgrown baby! He was afraid of kittens, lol.

  3. Awwww… Love this. Just precious.

  4. I love this! Well said (and Rosie is definitely a human magnate..she is adorable.

  5. Edna Williams says:

    This is just adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Your Rosie looks like my Zoella, but I also have a dog named Rozy!! Her life lessons are spot on! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Well said! We have a puppy and I agree. They can teach life lessons well!

  8. Love it! I just adopted my Penny (a potcake from the Bahamas!) a few months ago and have learned many similiar life lessons ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. your puppy is so adorable! I love all these life lessons ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m always learning new things from my dogs, but the main one that stays with me is to be happy and grateful for the little things

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  10. Such a sweet post and a precious new friend. Enjoy your baby.

  11. Wow, Love it. Rosie looks adorable. Thank you for linking with us at #HomeMattersParty .We would love to have you again next week.