Dogs have a pretty direct approach to most situations in their daily lives. If hungry- they eat, if tired- they sleep, if something bothers them- they bark, etc. Living with humans requires them to follow many of society's rules, but they do so in a dog-ly way. Any dog living with a writer, I'm sure, could offer some helpful people-whisperer type advice, such as:
- If you get something good, run with it. This works well with tennis balls, excellent sticks, or story ideas.
- Get groomed. Smelling clean is a good thing. Trim, brush. If you don't have fur, wear nice clothes, especially to, say, a conference.
- Don't bare your teeth at the dog park or doggie daycare. Not a good way to make friends like sniffing is. Same thing with large packs of writers. Smile if you're shy or aren't into sniffing.
- If you feel bored, restless, or your mind is tired, go for a walk. After a walk, writers frequently stare at computers while their fingers run rampant over the keys. Good time for a writer's dog to nap.
- Don't whine. Even if all isn't going your way, nobody likes a whiner, human or canine.
- Aim high. Jump for that ball in the air. Toss your writing out to high places. Catch every opportunity, even if it feels out of your reach.
- Sleep well at night. Even if nothing went right and you're discouraged. When the sun comes up, you get a brand new chance. Every day.