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One Lesson We Could All Learn from Dogs

What did we ever do to deserve dogs? They’re sweet, they’re loyal, and they are always, always happy to see us walk through the door. Being the object of that much love and attention can makes us feel like a million bucks, so so why don’t we pay it forward? Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist Dave Barry, author of LESSONS FROM LUCY, shares a simple but powerful lesson about mindfulness that he’s taken away from his loyal canine, Lucy–a lesson we could probably all stand to learn from our dogs.

Watch the video or read the transcript below for a reminder of what’s truly important in life–and for some adorable clips of Lucy at play!

“My dog knows stuff. She knows some really good stuff. And it’s not so much that it’s complicated, it’s that she does it.

“Like, I know it’s a good idea to pay attention to the people you love. I know in the abstract that that’s a good idea. That when I’m with my wife or with my kids, I should listen to them, I should focus on them. I know that, but I don’t always do it. In fact, I very often don’t–I’ll look at my phone, I’ll be thinking about this or that, and I’m ignoring the most important people in my life.

“Lucy never, ever ignores the people in her life. She’s always there for you. There’s a wisdom that she has and I appreciate much more now, having written this book.”

For more thoughtful takeaways on how dogs can help us live (and age) joyfully, pick up a copy of Dave Barry’s LESSONS FROM LUCY.


Need another dose of cute animals? Enjoy these 7 Fun Facts About French Bulldogs from Manny the Frenchie.


Dave Barry is the author of more bestsellers than you can count on two hands, including Lessons From LucyDave Barry’s Complete Guide to GuysDave Barry Turns 40, and Dave Barry Is Not Making This Up. A wildly popular syndicated columnist best known for his booger jokes, Barry won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. He lives in Miami.

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