9 Ways My Dog Taught Me to Be a Better Person

Ask anyone, from the dervish to the Dalai Lama, and vignettes on life and the art of living will resurface.  Mention life lessons and you’d be reminded of the know-it-all self help books. With due respect to them all, some of the most meaningful meanderings on being the best possible version of ourselves have come from the dogs. Surbhi, in this guest post shares how dogs know it best on what really matters the most in life ― 9 Ways My Dog Taught Me to Be a Better Person.

  1. Unconditional love does exist….not just in movies and books!dogs never lie about love

A dog will love you no matter what! Irrespective of your mood, looks, status or time of the day, they will love you through thick and thin.

  1. No one is a stranger

dog no stranger

From Mary Oliver to the humble me, for a dog, no one is a stranger! They can adopt almost anyone and everyone. Being around dogs, you will soon realize that it is actually very easy to smile at people you don’t know and befriend them. Open your hearts to others.

    1. Dogs know Forgiveness… unconditional!dogs forgive

Ignore them, reprimand them, or get angry at them….you are always forgiven the minute you call their name affectionately. They will run towards you with same affection, same excitement and same wagging of the tail at an amazing speed per second as if nothing happened at all!

  1. If Loyalty had a face, it would be that of a dog.dogs face loyalty

Be true to the people who love you, stick with the pack no matter what. A dog won’t leave you at the time of trouble. They might lay their own life to save you if need be. Be loyal to your family, friends, and your partner.

  1. Don’t be afraid to trustdogs trust humans

Dogs blindly trust you because they know you can’t harm them because you love them. Never break anyone’s trust who loves you so much.

  1. Be more playful!dog-better-person-gif

Dogs are so playful. They will jump up to play with you irrespective of the time or mood. Be more playful than you think you can be! After all life is all about being playful and being happy!

  1. Be loving but keep those fangs sharp!

Dogs are loving, affectionate and everything nice and sweet but when required they know how to attack or fend for someone.  Be loving but be strong when the situation demands.

  1. You can only love someone dearly, but you cannot own them. You never own a dog, you can only love a dog.
  1. Love can happen more than once! Every time I see a dog, I fall in love :) Open your heart to love, again and again.

What have you learned from your furry buddy?

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How three men became first in the world to climb Meru?

The dogs at Dog with Blog recently had the pleasure of watching the documentary feature of the season, Meru, a moving true tale recalling the efforts of three of the world’s best mountain climbers to ascend ‘an almost impossible’ Himalayan peak that has never been successfully scaled before. ‘But what has that to do with dogs,? you would say. Well, one of the climbers Renan Ozturk, a devout dog lover, fought a near-fatal injury with help from friends (including the furry ones) to make the first ascent of the Shark’s Fin route up India’s 20,702-foot Meru Central.

Renan Ozturk dog
Renan Ozturk recovered from a near-fatal ski accident which left him with severe permanent injuries, to return and climb Meru.

Meru, the World’s Most Hostile Climb?

The Meru Peak is home to the Shark’s Fin route, one of the hardest to climb in the world. Often hailed as the Holy Grail for climbers, it offers the most arduous challenges — heavy hiking gear to be hauled up the 20,000-plus-foot height, no sherpas (unlike Mount Everest), -20 temperatures and a climb so harrowing that an odd 100 meters a day can be called good. It has seen more failed attempts by elite climbing teams over the past 30 years than any other ascent in the Himalayas. Fewer people have been on that wall in Meru than have been on the moon. 

“To undertake Meru, You can’t just be a good ice climber. You can’t just be good at altitude. You can’t just be a good rock climber. It’s defeated so many good climbers and maybe will defeat everybody for all time. Meru isn’t Everest. On Everest you can hire Sherpas to take most of the risks. This is a whole different kind of climbing.”                 ― Jon Krakauer

Shark's Fin Meru climb
Shark’s Fin had been attempted numerous times, but each effort failed to reach the summit.

You feel why Meru is called anti-Everest when renowned writer-adventurer Jon Krakauer ridicules the current wave of “Everest tourism”: “Everest is not real climbing. It’s rich people climbing. It’s a trophy on the wall, and they’re done…”

Meru movie review
Conrad Anker, ace alpinist, the man who found legendary climber George Mallory’s body on Mount Everest in 1999, believes in Mallory’s famous answer to the question: Why you want to climb Mount Everest? “Because it’s there.”

The Journey

The documentary begins with the team’s first attempt at Shark’s Fin in 2008. One hundred meters short of the summit, they’re forced to retrace, like others before them. We see a philosophical Jimmy Chin voicing, “Maybe it just wasn’t meant to be climbed”.

meru base camp
Meru offers a riveting study of the stunning Himalayan vistas and soul-searching moments in a climber’s hike.

Three years later the trio return to Meru — and that’s despite a near-death skiing accident which left Ozturk with cranial and spinal fractures,  an unforgiving avalanche which nearly swallowed Chin 2,000 feet into another climb.  Would they become first in the world to climb Meru?


first in the world to climb Meru?
In October 2011, the team of Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk became the first to climb Shark’s Fin.

When Renan isn’t hiking, he relaxes with Baloo :) Here’s to the mountains, mastiffs, men, and madness – to the adventurers who know that you don’t conquer the peaks but bestow in their beauty.

Renan Ozturk Baloo dog
Climber, photographer, and painter Renan Ozturk had to relearn not only to climb but, to walk again —in order to undertake a second attempt at climbing the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru.

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