WORDS TO LIVE BY from a canine bodhisattva.
- Treat every day as if it is your last—or only—time on earth.
2. There is no such thing …
… as “bad” weather …
3. … or a bad walk.
4. But know when to come inside.
5. The world is best understood through the senses …
… especially touch and smell.
6. Never take your next meal …
… for granted.
7. Drink plenty of water.
8. Get plenty of rest.
9. Stretch before you run.
10. Take pleasure in simple things …
… even a plastic flower pot.
11. Go for ride.
12. Don’t be afraid …
… to get dirty.
13. It’s okay to feel sad …
14. … but don’t let it linger.
15. Always remain playful.
16. Be kind to other species.
17. Love with all of your heart …
and bear the consequences.
28 Replies to “Molly’s 17 Rules for Living”
Beautiful and touching. Really, these are gorgeous photos, and your text is wonderful. You are very gifted, Russell.
Wow. High praise! Thank you, Elizabeth. I hope you are managing okay.
Wonderful photos, Russell. Just what I needed to kick-start the day!
Did Bar take some of these photos? I hope that the one with you with the poppy background is framed–one of my favorites.
So glad you liked them! Yes, Bar took some, and we collaborated on a few. We have a great subject!
Thank you, Russell! Can I use this as a photo essay example for my students?
Thank you, Julie. By all means yes. I am flattered!
You got it, baby. Dogs teach us each day how to live well. We humans can get lost. A dog brings us back to the path to joy.
Love it! We have a black lab and she would agree. Shannon
Thank you, Shannon. I previously had a black lab. What a wonderful dog. They teach us so much!
Thanks, Kent. I’m sure you still miss Gats–a great boy!
Words of wisdom from the Master!
Thank you. I try to keep up with her!
Lovely photos and text. Of course Molly is one very wise doggie. You are so lucky to live with her!!
Thanks, Diane. She’s a sweetie!
WOW! So cool to have captured these and shared them with us now. I LOVE THEM! Hugs to Molly!
Thank you, Robert! One or the other of us usually has a camera at the ready, and a few of these were collaborative efforts (like the ice cream cup and flower pot). But I was pleasantly surprised to see how many good shots I had to choose from. I guess we are suckers for cute animals!
Great 🙂 photos of Molly and you.
Great rules 👌 to live by.
You look marvelous Russell!!!
Ah, you are kind! Thanks for the feedback. She’s a great dog!
These are beautiful, Russell, photos, Molly, rules and feelings.
Hope you don’t mind if I send these to some of my grandchildren.
Thank you, Jan! Glad you enjoyed them, and by all means feel free to pass them along. I hope Bob and you are well.
Love these! And can relate to the antics of a lovable lab, especially the mud bathing…
Thanks, Christine. Love those puppy dogs!
Ah, wise and lovely and wonderful, mischievous Molly! Thanks so much for sharing this poignant window into Molly’s life and yours, as they happily intersect, every day… Love and good health to all! xox Meg
Thank you, Meg! She’s hard to miss now, isn’t she?
How lucky Molly is to have you who really understands her. This is totally beautiful!
Thank you for sharing your heart with us..
Thank you, Jan! I had a feeling you would like this one. Hugs to Syd and you!!
Outstanding pictures during different seasons–reminds me of the three
dogs I used to take care of which I miss upon occasion. Have you finally
broken down to give Molly gravy bones instead of those puppy bones?
Love those dogs! At the moment Molly is getting homemade biscuits. Nothing but the best for that l’il pooch!