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If My Dog Could Teach Me
A Lesson on the Imperative Mood

     When we give people commands (tell them what to do), we usually omit the subject "you." Grammarians call this the "Imperative Mood."



If my dog could teach me, this is what she would say:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them. 

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure

     ecstasy. 

When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.

 Let others know when they've invaded your territory.

Take naps. 

Stretch before rising. 

Run, romp, and play daily. 

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do. 

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree. 

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body. 

No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and

     pout...run right back and make friends. 

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk. 

Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.  Stop when you have had enough. 

Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not. 

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it. 

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle

     them gently.