Although my daughter’s puppy loves to play in the backyard, where she can find plenty of sticks and other fun things, she quickly gets hot and tired in the “dog days” summer heat! So she comes inside after a while, drinks some water, sits on the register to cool off in the air conditioning, and then barks for someone to open the door and let her back outside.

Puppy sitting on a register enjoying the air conditioning. 

Puppies don’t need to be reminded to take time for self-nurturing; they instinctively have a good sense of when they need to rest and cool off! That’s something we humans could benefit from cultivating, too, instead of letting ourselves get “dog tired” with all the distractions of our busy modern world.

Nurturing Thursday was started by Becca Givens and seeks to “give this planet a much needed shot of fun, support and positive energy.” Visit her site to find more Nurturing Thursday posts and a list of frequent contributors.


  1. Isn’t this the truth — our animal companions teach us so much … among the many — living in the present and being mindful! Thank you for linking and sharing!!

  2. Cute little puppy…and lucky too, to have found a loving home.

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  4. We should learn with nature, but the problem is that we always want to change it.

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