Can animals have Adultitis? I don’t think so. I’m pretty sure humans are the only species that have the mental baggage to succumb to the wiles of this dreaded condition.
Now, even though animals are, by default, Adultitis-free, dogs appear to be the most obviously so. There are actually many things we humans can learn from our canine companions when it comes to fighting Adultitis. After her dog Lucy passed away last year, Liz Danzico wrote a pretty neat list of things she learned from her furry friend. Good tips for life, good tips for Adultitis-fighting, indeed:
- Learn at least one impressive trick.
- Shake when wet.
- When off the leash, it is best to run to a loved one.
- Accept treats from strangers energetically yet cautiously.
- Roll in grass whenever possible.
- Wonderful things can sometimes be found in the trash.
- Barking is a last resort.
- Know when the right time is to let go of what you love.
- True life partners do exist.
What’s an Adultitis-fighting tip you’ve learned from YOUR pet?
[Update]: Here are a few more tips from dogs, compliments of an email forward someone sent me:
- 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.
- Take naps.
- Stretch before rising.
- Run, romp, and play daily.
- Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
- 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.
- Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
- 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.