From watching Koda for the last two years, these are things that he would share with you if he could write….
You’ll get much more from tail wags and licks than you ever will from barks and bites.
Be persistent and you’ll usually get what you want.
If we weren’t supposed to play in mud puddles they wouldn’t exist.
Happiness and love are the only things that matter.
Few things in life are as good as a long cool drink of water or a back rub.
When someone tells you “You’re beautiful”, just smile, knowing they’re really seeing a part of themselves in you.
Knowing that all of the answers to all life’s questions are already inside us all, sometimes silence really is the best answer.
Honor our differences. Just because I run after a stick doesn’t mean I’m going to bring it back anymore than you could expect a retriever to pull a sled. Recognize and appreciate our individual talents.
Enthusiasm can overcome fear in almost any situation.
Don’t worry about what you look like, ever. Just be you.
Play until you’re too tired to play anymore. It’s what life’s all about.
It’s great to lead but don’t forget to wait and help those behind you too.
Toys don’t have to be expensive. The right stick can be the greatest find of the day.
Give back the love that’s given to you.
Exercise is an important part of life if you don’t want to feel old and achey.
When another dog barks at you, you have a choice whether to bark back or not.
Throw away the leash! Think without boundaries. Dream without limitations. Life is lived more fully when you play without fences.
The tone of your voice is much more important than any words you could possibly say.
All people, no matter who they are or what they look like, should be greeted with an enthusiastic tail wag.
Everyone is just looking for love and someone to scratch them behind the ears.
When someone who loves you calls your name, run to them with the greatest enthusiasm, knowing that just by showing up, you’ll make them smile.
Don’t cry today over yesterday’s lost bones.
Keep it simple. Eat, sleep, play, chew bones and love.
Worry is something I just don’t understand. It steals the moment and playing is just more fun.
You can tell a lot about someone from just one sniff.
Forgive in the moment so you don’t have to remember stuff that doesn’t matter anyway.
Mud on your feet just means you had a good day.
No hill is too high to climb if the adventure is exciting enough.
Nothing beats a good tummy rub.
Share tail wags with everyone. You may be the only one to give love to a stranger today.
Chasing deer is more fun than chasing cats. Make your own trail and do what you want to do.
Eat when you’re hungry, don’t eat when you’re not and you’ll be healthy and maintain the perfect weight.
The best place to be is walking along side of someone you love.
Nap when you’re sleepy and play when you’re not. Spend your energy doing things that you love.
Love and protect those around you.
Kisses and affection are always appropriate.
It’s always good to have a friend who can scratch the places you can’t reach and pull the burrs from your fur when you need a little help.
“NO!” isn’t a fun word.
Poking your nose in places where it doesn’t belong (like bee’s nests) can result in painful consequences.
Today could be your last day, so don’t waste time burying your bones- enjoy them now.
When you show gratitude for the treats in your life you get more of them.
No matter the season, no matter the reason, love is always the answer.
And, love isn’t really love unless it’s unconditional.