How to be as happy as a dog

Here are Oscar’s tips on how to find joy.

Have fun.

Oscar drying himself after a swim

Make space for the spiritual.

Say 'Ohm!'

And get plenty of love and rest.

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45 responses

  1. i can’t make out what’s in the foreground of the first??

    September 11, 2010 at 19:31

    • Oh sorry, that’s my dog shaking himself after a swim in the setting sun!

      September 11, 2010 at 19:35

      • I thought so, but I can’t see a head!! LOL! Love the shot, though! Such soft beautiful colors.

        September 11, 2010 at 19:42

      • I know. He is shaking his head so fast, it wasn’t captured by the camera!

        September 11, 2010 at 19:46

  2. Oscar is definitely a wise one. Lovely photos.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

    September 11, 2010 at 20:26

  3. Oscar is gorgeous.

    September 11, 2010 at 20:51

  4. So my dogs aren’t the only ones who shake while they’re still standing in water. Good to know!

    September 11, 2010 at 20:53

  5. Everyone should have an Oscar in their life

    September 11, 2010 at 21:10

  6. What a sweet dog!

    September 11, 2010 at 22:02

  7. We can learn so much from dogs and our other companion animals . . .

    September 11, 2010 at 22:03

  8. I could use a lazy day like that.

    September 11, 2010 at 22:17

  9. Lovely! Will try to listen to him ;-)
    Very, very nice movement in the first portrait.

    September 11, 2010 at 22:30

  10. Oscar is gorgeous! Great post =]

    September 11, 2010 at 23:25

  11. We didn’t get our Lindy to a beach this summer. We’ve had her a year this week, so next summer we’ll be sure to go. Oscar reminds me of her so much. Fabulous dogs, Goldens, aren’t they?
    Kay
    Alberta, Canada

    September 11, 2010 at 23:40

  12. Dogs do have it all figured out. Great dog and shots.

    September 12, 2010 at 02:34

  13. Oscar is my favorite Zen Master!

    September 12, 2010 at 02:58

  14. oscar is a wise and beautiful dog…smiles.

    September 12, 2010 at 03:19

  15. Your pup knows how to live!

    September 12, 2010 at 04:45

  16. How sweet. Ole pup.

    September 12, 2010 at 05:15

  17. Blu

    I love his place for meditation, the Buddha has fallen asleep too!

    September 12, 2010 at 07:38

  18. the color on the water is amazing. and i love your vision to see spirituality in your dog in that moment.
    so good.

    September 12, 2010 at 08:12

  19. All good advice. Being able to lick your own balls may impact on the blissful transcendental state.

    September 12, 2010 at 08:37

  20. Such great advice. What a wonderful post :)

    September 12, 2010 at 12:32

  21. He’s a lot like Ralf. Except the rest part.

    September 12, 2010 at 13:43

  22. Amy

    I love his old white face…

    September 12, 2010 at 13:52

    • It’s sweet, but not that old… nearly 8 only!

      September 12, 2010 at 15:14

  23. Oscar definitely has the right idea. Never met one of that breed that didn’t!

    September 12, 2010 at 14:28

  24. lilalia

    Have you got a new camera or are you just surrounded by amazing lighting all through your days. I find your photos keep on getting more and more dramatic and poignant.

    September 12, 2010 at 18:29

    • I’ve had my new camera (my first DSLR) since Christmas. Perhaps I’m just getting better at taking shots? Also, the light is so different here in summer.)

      September 13, 2010 at 05:32

  25. He is very handsome.

    September 12, 2010 at 19:52

  26. Ooh, great pics of a beautiful stunning spot and a handsome dog.

    Thanks for posting!

    September 12, 2010 at 20:51

  27. I think I could stand to learn quite a bit from Oscar.

    September 12, 2010 at 21:10

  28. What a very cute dog. Nice shots !

    September 13, 2010 at 05:37

  29. I think I told you several times already, but Oscar is super adorable.

    September 13, 2010 at 06:10

  30. In my next life I want to be your dog :-)
    Gorgeous photos.
    Cheers, jj

    September 13, 2010 at 07:07

  31. Oscar certainly knows how to live. Would you like to follow his example Fi? – :-) – Dave

    September 13, 2010 at 11:22

  32. land of shimp

    Oh Oscar would make a wonderful Life Coach, don’t you think? An excellent Shaman, a gifted Guru :-)

    I often think, as I watch my cat sleep curled up atop his cat tower, that he actually has the secrets to life. That cat knows how to live luxuriously.

    But dogs know how to live joyfully :-) Wonderful pictures, lady fi!

    September 13, 2010 at 14:50

  33. Sounds like fantastic advice, and yea for your doggie model.

    Our dog is a shaker as well–when he is wet, everyone best look out.

    September 13, 2010 at 17:09

  34. Dogs are like kiddoes….teaching us the simplest of life lessons.

    September 13, 2010 at 22:05

  35. Clive

    Oscar – you’re wonderful!

    Great post!

    September 14, 2010 at 00:19

  36. Oh It is so good to see photos of Oscar..he is looking a bit older..and I see that he is wiser now too.. and sleepy! That is a great shaking photo..:)

    September 14, 2010 at 07:34

  37. just adorable!

    September 14, 2010 at 19:09

  38. I love Oscar. Makes me wish I had a pet, again. Kind of. Well, maybe not…maybe I’ll just enjoy your photos of that precious doggie.

    September 14, 2010 at 22:14

  39. I love Oscar and just want to snuggle up with him. :-) He certainly knows how to live life to the fullest!

    September 16, 2010 at 15:27

  40. Oscar does indeed look as though he’s meditating in that second photo!

    September 16, 2010 at 15:35

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