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Lessons from my Chocolate Lab

Laughter is such a healthy and stress reducing activity. Whether one has Parkinson’s disease or not,  laughter has healing properties. It is so easy to stress over something that we ought to laugh at instead. My Chocolate Lab, who is now 3 years old, has taught me so much. I thought that I might share.

Lessons from my Lab:

1. There is always time to play. Work is important but so is play.

2. A ball is more than a toy. A ball can unite the world. When we play fetch both of us are focused on one singular purpose. We understand one another. We are linked in the experience. All the stresses and worries fade and it is just us and the ball.

3. When you’re cute,  you can get away with a great deal more than the less attractive.

4. Too much of a good thing like, water, grass,  anything on the sidewalk, anything you wouldn’t even dream of eating, and anything you know you shouldn’t eat, probably isn’t that good for you.

5. Lab means “vacuum” in Latin, I think.

6. “Cookie” and “come” mean the same thing.

7. “No” doesn’t apply to Labs.

8.  What’s yours is mine and what’s mine is mine.

9. Furniture makes a great napkin.

10. If I make you laugh then that means I get another chance to try your patience.

11. Everybody wants to pet me.

12. I don’t discriminate. I bark at the UPS man, the FedEx man, and the mailman.

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