16 Life Lessons I Learned From My Dogs

All of them have taught me how to love and be loved, but there are a few life lessons that living with a dog, particularly a dog and small children, can teach.
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This post is in partnership with Universal Pictures’ upcoming filmA Dog’s Purpose, coming to theaters January 27.

I was raised by two dog lovers and I’m doing my darndest to raise two more. Boxers are a particular favorite of ours.

16 LIfe Lessons I Learned From My Dogs

That’s me with our dog Primo. Judging from my perm it was sometime around 1986.

16 LIfe Lessons I Learned From My Dogs

Here I am with current furry family member — Jessie. She is quite honestly, the BEST DOG EVER IN ALL THE LAND. She loves my kids, hangs close to me all day while the kids are away, greets me every morning like I’m her favorite person in the whole world, and is appropriately intimidating when strangers ring my doorbell.

Jessie is my 10th dog and while all of them have taught me how to love and be loved, there are a few life lessons that living with a dog, particularly a dog and small children, can teach.

1. Every party needs streamers.

16 LIfe Lessons I Learned From My Dogs

2. Puppies have two speeds. 1. Adorable. 2. OMGSTOPBITINGME

16 LIfe Lessons I Learned From My Dogs

3. It pays to have a good poker face.

16 LIfe Lessons I Learned From My Dogs

4. DON’T EAT BEES.

16 LIfe Lessons I Learned From My Dogs

5. If you need a pick-me-up, walk the kiddos to the bus stop.

16 LIfe Lessons I Learned From My Dogs

6. Kids and dogs go together like peanut butter and jelly.

16 LIfe Lessons I Learned From My Dogs

7. BE CAREFUL.

16 LIfe Lessons I Learned From My Dogs

8. Never turn down a nap.

16 LIfe Lessons I Learned From My Dogs

9. Make friends with the new kid. Even if the new kid is sort of a punk at first.

16 LIfe Lessons I Learned From My Dogs

10. If you ask really nicely, people will usually share. Their bacon.

16 LIfe Lessons I Learned From My Dogs

11. Kids just want you to stop and sit by them for a little while.

16 LIfe Lessons I Learned From My Dogs

12. Go to Grandma and Grandpa’s house every opportunity you get. There house is WAY more fun.

16 LIfe Lessons I Learned From My Dogs

13. Cuddling is always a good idea.

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14. The best part of the day is when the school bus brings the kiddos back.

16 LIfe Lessons I Learned From My Dogs

15. Neighborhood watch is everyone’s responsibility.

16 LIfe Lessons I Learned From My Dogs

16. Even the manliest of men will melt when you hand them a puppy.

16 LIfe Lessons I Learned From My Dogs

So, you can well imagine that as a dog lover, I OF COURSE, clicked on the trailer for A Dog’s Purpose

I’M NOT CRYING, YOU’RE CRYING. But in a good way! This movie looks so sweet and wonderful and I will be buying my ticket to catch this on the big screen with my family when it comes out on January 27th.

16 LIfe Lessons I Learned From My Dogs

While you wait to head to the theater, you can make your very own #ADogsPurpose movie poster using a photo of your favorite furry friend and share it using the tag #MyDogsPurpose and your pup could even be featured in the film’s campaign!

I couldn’t help myself…

16 LIfe Lessons I Learned From My Dogs

See you at the movies!

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