Sit. Stay. Play.

One of the downsides of being a grown-up, contributing member of society is that sometimes life becomes all work and no play, making us dull and, if you’re like me, a little crabby. Okay, for me, it’s a lot crabby. Fortunately, I have a master teacher in how to get out of that rut–my dog, Henry. I have learned more from Henry about play, and life, than I have in a lifetime of just hanging out with humans. Here are some of the highlights from the play lesson.

  • There’s no time like the present. Play doesn’t have to be scheduled, choreographed, or put off until tomorrow. Now is a great time.
  • A corollary: A little is better than none. Two minutes of play right now, beats two weeks at some later, probably much later, date.
  • You don’t need expensive toys. While a squeaky toy is nice, sticks and socks are high on Henry’s list of fun stuff. If there isn’t even a sock around, you can still chase your tail. (Note: When dogs do this, it’s adorable. For some reason, it’s gotten a bad name with humans.)
  • Playing inside is good; playing outside is great.
  • Playing with your best friend is even more fun than playing alone. Drastic measures are sometimes required to get said friend’s attention. Getting them to come out and play is more important than your dignity so if you need to chase your tail, jump, or bark an invitation, just do it.
  • You know that you’ve played well if when you’re done, you need to immediately flop down and take a nap.
  • When your best friend is too tired or sick or sad to play, snuggling while gazing deeply into each other’s eyes is the next best thing.

If you’re looking for us, Henry and I will be outside playing. Come play with us!


  1. Joanna G says:

    I often lament that I don’t deliberately make more time for play–but I am going to change this. Thanks for the great post!

    • Julie Corron says:

      Joanna, I think Henry would suggest a few less play dates and a little more play time every day. The every day part is key.

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