A Dog’s Biggest Secret

Golden Retriever grinning

I am a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a rawhide chew.

Dogs are easy.

Even the most difficult dog is easy—compared to humans.

But why?

Dogs Have None of the Following Secrets:

desire to dress like someone of the opposite gender and the need to keep it hidden

a crush on someone wildly inappropriate

an arrest record

messy closets

deep love for watching people fight on “reality” tv shows

longstanding depression or other mental illness

plans to blow up the houses of Parliament while Tchaikovsky’s Overture of 1812 plays

granny underpants

a secret lair from which they launch their costumed, crime-fighting activities

sucking their thumbs until they turn thirteen

a flatulence problem they hide by blaming the kids

Justin Bieber’s picture in their closet

Dogs Have Only One Secret

A dog’s one secret? He has no secrets.

I love dogs. Because what you see is what you get.

Everything that can be known about them is there just waiting for us to discover it.

Dogs don’t hide their joy. Dogs don’t hide their sadness. Dogs don’t hide their fears.

Wouldn’t it be splendid if our only secret was the same as the dog’s only secret? And if everyone else was okay with that?

Would you like to live as transparently as your dog? Or do you think secrets keep life interesting?


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  1. Well I’m working on living life with a heart like a dog, but it’s hard sometimes, because dogs don’t have the complex emotions that humans have. They either like you or they don’t and they don’t care how you feel about it.

    Whereas humans worry (at least this one does) how my actions will affect someone else. :-( I wish I could be more like my dogs by the fact of not caring what others thought. That would something wouldn’t it?

  2. Very wise words. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. Sue at The Golden Life says:

    Secrets can make life interesting, and there are some I prefer to keep to myself; but in general, I long ago decided that the easiest at to reduce my own stress level was to (1) say what I think whether someone else — especially someone I don’t really like anyway — likes it or not and (2) not care what people think of me. I figure if their lives are so shallow that they have nothing else to think/talk about than something I did/said, then pity is in order.

  4. Sue at The Golden Life says:

    geez I hate auto- correct! should read “…easiest way…”

  5. Boy, that’s a tough question. I don’t really have many secrets anyway, so maybe to live like my dogs would be great. As long a s everyone else did too.

  6. Oh that would be wonderful! Happy Saturday!

  7. Yup! Although I’m pretty sure any golden living in a house with a granny will at SOME point have granny underpants. :)

  8. My dog has secrets. She doesn’t tell me where she hides her bones and is very sneaky and knows how to throw me off the scent by checking fictitious spots. I wish she’d keep her human preferences a little better hidden though.

    I think it’d be impossible for us humans to live a completely transparent life. Where would I be, for a start? No fun 😉 You know what happens to telepaths, right?

  9. In a perfect world (whatever that is) I’d like the idea of living transparently, but in this world I don’t think it would work for me…We all have a few skeletons best hidden (including any photos of garish outfits we wore in the 1970’s) I think some secrets help keep things running smoothly

  10. I think a few secrets make life interesting:-)

  11. This is a very interesting post, but I question that dogs never have a “crush on someone wildly inappropriate.” Ever see a mini poodle trying to mount a lab?

  12. Dogs are pretty simple aren’t they? Humans? Just a little more complicated :) Wouldn’t life be so much simpler if we could be more like our dogs?? I don’t think much work would get done!!

  13. I wouldn’t mind giving it a try for one day, but only if I looked liked Honey :)

  14. Woof! Woof! There’s always secrets in Human lives that makes life interesting. Dogs (Golden) like me just too hard to have a secret. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  15. Great post. Yes, how wonderful the world would be! Just loving the expression on the dogs face there :)

  16. I’m not a secret person myself, I try to be as honest as possible…

    Personally, I can’t stand when someone starts a sentence with, “Don’t tell so and so, BUT…”

    I know it’s something I’m going to regret hearing.

  17. Hey now, some dogs have arrest records and granny panties 😉

    I do try to live honestly. I also try to be judicious about what I allow to come out of my mouth!

  18. I think humans wouldn’t feel the need to keep as many secrets if they were all as tolerant as most dogs are.

  19. This is a tough one for me. I don’t know if I have THAT many secrets, but there are a few skeletons in the old closet I’d rather not drag out. Mostly because it serves no purpose now. I’m also incredibly private – not that you’d necessarily guess that from my blog. I just don’t enjoy sharing my emotions with many people and I don’t know if I’ll ever be comfortable being half as open as my dog is. Blame my uptight British upbringing?

  20. So true!