Pets – The World According to Dogs – Purina Puppyhood (Video)

Have you read ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain‘ by Garth Stein? Garth’s website explains the story: “Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.”

I am confident Enzo would want you to watch and read the following!

Here’s why I will be a good person. Because I listen. I cannot talk, so I listen very well. I never deflect the course of the conversation with a comment of my own… For instance, if we met at a party and I wanted to tell you a story about the time I needed to get a soccer ball in my neighbor’s yard but his dog chased me and I had to jump into a swimming pool to escape, and I began telling the story, you, hearing the words “soccer” and “neighbor” in the same sentence, might interrupt and mention that your childhood neighbor was Pele, the famous soccer player, and I might be courteous and say, Didn’t he play for the Cosmos of New York? Did you grow up in New York? And you might reply that, no, you grew up in Brazil on the streets of Tres Coracoes with Pele, and I might say, I thought you were from Tennessee, and you might say not originally, and then go on to outline your genealogy at length. So my initial conversational gambit – that I had a funny story about being chased by my neighbor’s dog – would be totally lost, and only because you had to tell me all about Pele. Learn to listen! I beg of you. Pretend you are a dog like me and listen to other people rather than steal their stories.
― Enzo the Dog in ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ by Garth Stein –

What dog wisdom would you like to add?

19 thoughts on “Pets – The World According to Dogs – Purina Puppyhood (Video)

  1. I’m actually considering getting a dog, only because my children spill so much food on the floor, and I want somebody to clean it up.

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    1. And your wife doesn’t want to be on clean-up duty anymore? From the sounds of it (well not sounds – from reading your blog), I don’t blame her…

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  2. Our dogs are part Cavalier King Charles so get this completely. Do miss that puppy stage a little. Cute post, Margie.

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    1. I’ve never had a puppy, just a kitten. But I do miss the ‘puppy’ stage of kids and grandchildren!

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  3. I LOVE this and will send the link to my little brother, who along with me, scratched many dogs and always seemed to wind up with permanent jobs. It may not be over yet.

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    1. That sounds like an excellent project. I used to live in a community that fed the street cats. In turn, the street cats kept the mice under control.

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