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Dogs Teach Us What Really Matters

by Dr. Tim Hunt, DVM

Most everything I have learned that is really important about life I learned from a dog. It sounds corny, but it’s true. They give back so much.

I got my first dog when I was 20 — I had always had cats, mice and guinea pigs as a child — but since then I have been making up for lost time. Today I own 40 outdoor dogs and two that live indoors. The outdoor dogs include Alaskan Huskies that love to pull sleds. I have been racing sled dogs for 17 years, but I wish I had started even earlier in life.

First and foremost, my dogs have taught me how to be patient and to let things develop rather than to push them through. When I am racing my dogs, everything has to work in harmony, all 16 dogs plus me for 80 miles at a time.