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What Dogs and Their Human Dads Teach Us About Life

June 15, 2017

In his book Foucault’s Pendulum, Umberto Eco wrote, “I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.”

Dad-GeorgeThis observation rings so true to me. Although my own father was more the strong silent type, his actions certainly made an impact on me — especially his love and compassion for all animals and his appreciation for how much dogs (and cats) enhance our lives. (The photo to the right is of him and one of his inquisitive kitties, George). So, in honor of Father’s Day, we’d like to pay tribute to all the dog dads out there.

When I asked my husband about his favorite things to do with our own inquisitive canine, Ringo, his answers were simple, yet filled with joy: playing ball, going for walks, snuggling in bed, watching sports, running errands, going out for meals (especially as a family), and taking him to training classes. (And training at home, as seen below teaching Ringo how to use the doggy door). It’s the every day things that make life enjoyable for this doggy-daddy duo – and often act as reminders that we can learn a lot from our canine companions.

InquisitiveCanine-Nolan-RingoGoing beyond my own household, I then reached out to my Academy for Dog Trainers colleagues, and found that their answers were very similar — as you can see by all the photos, capturing moments of dogs and their dads. It appears that not only do dogs enhance these guys’ lives, but they also illustrate an important life lesson: it’s the simple things in life that make things more exciting and fulfilling. A walk in the park, sitting alongside a stream and watching the sunset, enjoying a meal, and taking a much-deserved nap.

Moments of Snuggles



Moments of Adventures


Moments of Cherished Companionship – No matter the setting!


Moments of Contemplation


Moments of How Important Naps Are


(For some ideas about how families can celebrate Father’s Day with their inquisitive canines, check out our recent Mother’s Day post. It’s not all that gender specific, and the ideas apply well to all puppy parents!)

On behalf of the folks here at IC HQ’s, we wish all the dog dads and their inquisitive canines lots of fun, adventure, and plenty of teachable moments.

Wanna join the conversation? Just head to the comment section below. Care to share your special Dog Dad’s Day pics and videos of you and your inquisitive canine? We invite you to post on our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter – Tweet to us and we’ll Tweet ya back!

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