We share our home with two bundles of energy - our Jack Russell Terriers. Disney (the brunette) is the relationship manager and official household greeter. She is always joyfully exuberant. Riley, her older brother, is calmer for a JRT. He's our Director of Security and ensures that no delivery guy, squirrel, or dog escapes his scrutiny.
They're great company, and they hang out with me when I'm writing. In addition to their other roles, they're also the muses. They listen intently when I read dialogue aloud or hash out plot points.
Here are some other things I've learned from them.
1. Live in the now. Today is what's important. The past and future don't matter as much as being present today.
2. Play hard. Life can't be all work. Everything is a game to a Jack.
3. Nap when you need to. You need to recharge every once in a while.
4. Don't waste a beautiful day inside. Go outside and have fun. And they let me know when we've been sitting in the office too long.
5. Know when it's time to cuddle on the couch with a good book and a blanket.
6. Bark if you need to, but not too much.
7. Wag and make friends. Relationships are important.
8. Make sure that you celebrate the wins. These two will do just about anything for treats or cheese.