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OffbeatHow Dogs Teach Us to Be Happy

15:55  09 february  2019
15:55  09 february  2019 Source:   insideedition.com

Bet she was dog-tired! Marathon competitor runs 19 miles carrying a PUPPY after finding it in the road during her race

Bet she was dog-tired! Marathon competitor runs 19 miles carrying a PUPPY after finding it in the road during her race Khemjira Klongsanun, 43, had 19 miles left of a marathon in Ratchaburi, western Thailand when she came across a small puppy. She decided to pick the dog up and ran the remaining 19 miles.

We look for problems, Baker says, while dogs look for the blessings. Case in point: “Mango hates having a bath,” he says. “When we pull her into the bathroom all paws are in stop-mode and she will do with all her might to not go in the bath. But when she actually gets in there she remembers that having

Here’s what dogs can teach us about happiness , in the hope that you’ll learn these lessons. Dogs can’t lie and they never try to hide their feelings like we do. You can immediately see when they’re happy or miserable, even if sometimes the misery is somewhat exaggerated.

How Dogs Teach Us to Be Happy© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. There are plenty of lessons to learn from dogs about living your best life.

If you're wondering how to get the most from life — just look to your pet dog.

Dog trainer Amanda Gagnon says there's a lot we can learn from dogs when it comes to being happy. She shared her advice with Les Trent at the D-Pet Hotel in Manhattan.

"They really very, very clearly teach us how to be here now, centered and grounded," she said. "Isn't that the way you want to live?"

They teach us lessons about enjoying the simple things in life.

"When it's snowed 100 days in a row and you're so sick and tired of snow, a dog goes out and it's the first time it ever snowed and they're rolling in the snow," she said.

Visually impaired student and guide dog asked to provide ID multiple times a day

Visually impaired student and guide dog asked to provide ID multiple times a day Georgia Pike is fed up being stopped in public and asked for identification. The fourth-year student at the University of Victoria is visually impaired and relies on her service dog, Grainger, to get around. But not everyone believes her. "People will come up to me and say, 'is your dog a service dog?'" she said. "I say yes and they say, 'can we see some I.D. for it?'" It's become an almost daily occurrence. Pike was recently stopped multiple times in the same mall by different security guards and, once, was asked three times for identification while trying to board a ferry.

This type of love teaches us about the capacity of our hearts. Prior studies have found dogs to be highly responsive to human crying. But Sanford’s team is the first to show that dogs who detect emotional distress will hurry to do something about it.

Dogs can care less. That was the number one secret — just get out of yesterday, and enjoy today. Today is an adventure and it is ours to enjoy. Blessings are everywhere. When we ’re worried, we just focus so much on the problem or the struggle and forget to stick our head out the window and just look.

And dogs know the secret of how to let it go. They never hold grudges — "not in the way that humans do," Gagnon said.

They also know what they want and they aren't afraid to ask for it.

"People say dogs don't talk," she said. "Of course they talk, they just don't use words. They're telling us stuff all the time."

For example, dogs jump up to beg for attention. In contrast, "as humans, sometimes we're afraid to ask for attention," Gagnon said. "We feel shy, we feel reserved."

Dogs have other important reminders for you too, such as taking it easy and making sure you exercise every day. Gagnon suggests taking a hint from your pet.

"Really it's about emulating that joy and that passion for being here and now," she said.

Nova Scotia man faces animal cruelty charges.
PICTOU, N.S. - A man from Pictou County, N.S., is facing animal cruelty charges in a case that involved the SPCA removing several dead dogs and one injured dog from a property. RCMP spokesman Cpl. Andrew Joyce says the 55-year-old man was arrested after police responded to a report of cruelty to animals at a home on Maple Street in Sylvester on Thursday. He did not go into details of the alleged abuse, but described the case as "serious and disturbing." Jo-Anne Landsburg, chief provincial inspector with the Nova Scotia SPCA, says the organization removed an injured dog from the property, along with a dead dog and six dead puppies.

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