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Everyone is Welcome: A Lesson From Teddy the Dog

Hi friends, Teddy the dog here. How is everyone? Like most of u, I’ve been spending 24/7 at home during what they call “quarantine”. Which for me means a lot of QT with my dad, Big Ed. And in between his zoomies and phone calls and Cameos, he’s taught me a couple important things that I wanted to share with you (please excuse my poor spelling, we didn’t learn spellchex in doggie school): 

  1. Big Ed loves me. Like a lot. A lot a lot. 
  2. Big Ed thinks people should be more like me.

Here are lessons people can learn from dogs like me.

To start, Big Ed says that dogs are naturally more inclusive, while people are more likely to exclude 1 another. Big Ed is always barking about how nice it is that I’m open to playing with other dogs. Why wouldn’t I want to play with another dog that wants to play with me? When I see other dogs, I can’t help it, it’s *sO eXciTiNg* my tail just starts wagging and wagging and I cant even help it! 

But people don’t have tails, so Big Ed tells me they can smile or say hello to other people as their way of wagging tails. But that many don't smile or wave or say hello when they see others, some look the other way (or even growl or bark or whatever people do that's like growling and barking). But u never know what another person is going through and smiling and saying hello or inviting them to sit with you might brighten their day. And then they might be nice to someone else because you made them feel good. So they might make the day of another person. And Big Ed says before we know it, if people were more like dogs, the world could become a more inclusive and happy place. And that’s just one easy way to avoid exclusion every day.  

So next time you cross paths with another person, smile, wave, say good morning. Ask how that person is doing. And if they want to play with u - then play! U might end up having a really good time. I know because I always have a good time playing with other dogs, big or small or short or long haired, groomed or scraggly, it doesn’t matter. A friend is a friend. So take a lessen from me and my Dad and try to be nicer, be more inclusive and love other people (and dogs) every day in every way.