Important Life Lessons From Dogs


………or a cat or a bird or any pet you have.

By that most famous, intelligent, and most prolific writer in The Universe – Unknown


zzpetsNever pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

All the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face can be pure ecstasy.

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

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

Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.



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Take naps and stretch before rising.

Run, romp and play daily.

Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.

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.1 lawns 11

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

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On hot days, drink lots of water and lay 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.



Featured Recipe    Chicken with Provençal Sauce



This, of course, is a French recipe. This version of this dish is from the Cooking Light magazine (The Best of….. September 2008.)

Traditional Chicken Provençal uses chopped black olives and tomatoes.

As you would expect from the Cooking Light magazine this is a recipe with fewer calories than the usual recipe. It is paired down. And quite frankly, I like the dish much better this way. In fact, this recipe was the first one – either I made or I got eating out – I really, really, REALLY like.

It has a very subtle flavor that I like.

In addition to being fantastically delicious it is quick and easy too.

I hope you like it too!

This is what you will need for 3-4 people:

3 or 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

1 ½ tablespoons olive oil

1 garlic clove

1 cup chicken broth

1 ½ teaspoons dried Herbes de Provençe

1 teaspoon butter

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Fresh thyme sprigs (optional – for garnish only)

Salt and pepper to taste


Here is what you do:

Mince or press the garlic. Squeeze the lemon. Measure out the chicken broth too. Set all of these items aside for now.




Place each chicken breast half between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound to ½ inch thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin.

Just pound out all that frustration that has built up all day. This is an extra benefit of cooking.

ythumsup  Pretend that slab of meat is anything  that is annoying you.


Sprinkle chicken evenly with salt and pepper.


Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.


Add chicken; cook 6 minutes on each side or until done.



When done remove chicken from pan; keep warm. I simply place them in the oven on the ‘keep warm’ feature.


Add garlic to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.


Add broth and Herbes de Provence; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits.


Cook until broth mixture is reduced to ½ cup (about 3 – 4 minutes).



Can you see, this time the sauce is a bit thicker?  That is what you want.

Can you see, this time the sauce is a bit thicker? That is what you want.


Remove from heat; add butter and lemon juice, stirring until butter melts.


Plate the chicken and spoon some of the sauce over each piece of chicken.


Garnish with thyme sprigs, if desired.


Serve with mashed potatoes and some carrots.


Bon appétit!!!

3 skinless chicken breasts               $4.94

1 ½ tablespoons olive oil                $0.34

1 garlic clove                                 $0.09

1 cup chicken broth                        $1.29

1 ½ tspn Herbes de Provençe          $0.39

1 teaspoon butter                           $0.08

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice           $0.07

Fresh thyme sprigs (optional)          $0.08

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $7.28
Cost per person = $2.43

Quote of the Day

If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them.
Phil Pastoret


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8 comments to Important Life Lessons From Dogs

  • Awwwwww! Love this. My dad says God created dogs so man would always know love.

  • Lovely. I have had dogs around me since age 4, cats and horses most of my life too. Just a pity that they don’t live as long as we do.

    • Roberta

      So true. Dogs, or pets in general die way to early. Had a 6 ounce ball of fluff once, a parakeet with more personality than some people. He died way too soon. Yet in bird years he lived way longer than the norm.

  • I don’t have dogs myself by many of my clients do. I get my “doggy” fix from them. Around here we say “Naps are mandatory”. Love that you tweaked the recipe, sounds delish! Thanks

    • Roberta

      Animals, pets, make out lives so delightful. I take a nap most every afternoon. 15-20 minutes and ready to dance the night away. Glad you liked the tweaks I made to this dish. 🙂

  • Sometimes I look at Charlie and realize he’s got it right. He tries to be friends with everyone and never holds a grudge if he’s scolded.

    I think he’d like this chicken dish too. He’s quite partial to chicken. 🙂

    Weird.. I hit post comment and was told I was posting comments too quickly. As if!

    • Roberta

      I have seen Charlie’s pictures and read your stories about him. Charlie is human. 🙂

      Computers and web site acting nuts these days. Don’t know what happened.