Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 58 comments

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โ€œBark less, wag moreโ€ ~ Bumper Sticker

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Daphne May 17, 2009 at 3:27 am

Lance,

I LOVE this! Golden retrievers never fail to make me smile, and this must be the best 4-word quote I’ve ever read. I will aspire to bark less, wag more!

Daphne´s last blog post..Half Portions, Double Enjoyment!

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Evelyn Lim May 17, 2009 at 4:27 am

Silence is truly golden! Love the picture of the dog!

Have a Happy Sunday!

Evelyn Lim´s last blog post..Are You A Cracked Pot?

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Svasti May 17, 2009 at 5:02 am

Dogs and pets in general know all about the ways of peace, don’t they? Love this photo and the bumper sticker ๐Ÿ™‚

Svasti´s last blog post..Humble pie

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Natalia Burleson May 17, 2009 at 5:15 am

I love this! I read: life is short quit yapping and have fun!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ We could all use that reminder. I think that those are some of the best days I have, when I don’t sweat the small stuff, and I just enjoy all that life has to offer. I also read: quit talking, listen and be supportive. Dogs have this great way about them. They just wag, wag, wag their tail in total support of their human.

Thanks for this post Lance! Great way to start the day. I’m off to wag!!!

Have a great Sunday!
Natalia ๐Ÿ™‚

Natalia Burleson´s last blog post..Lifestyle changes? OH, you mean, lifestlye changes!!

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LisaNewton May 17, 2009 at 5:43 am

This is so true. I’m not sure why, but we tend to look at the negatives first. Life would be so much better if we looked for the positives, and then the negatives.

I’m difinitely going to pat some backs today.

Thanks for the reminder, Lance.

LisaNewton´s last blog post..Los Angelesโ€™ 59 Swimming Pools

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Stacey Shipman May 17, 2009 at 6:45 am

We went for a hike yesterday and a big beautiful golden retriever passed by us looking as happy as he could be – not a care in the world. I actually just drafted my next post on “enjoy the silence”. We fill the space unnecessarily sometimes…when wagging is what is really in order!

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Diane C. May 17, 2009 at 7:19 am

I love this post! Yes, it is better to do less complaining, labeling and judging and just be grateful for what is.

Diane C.´s last blog post..Skywatch Friday – Sonoran Desert Skies

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Positively Present May 17, 2009 at 7:26 am

I’ve seen this bumper sticker before I love it. It’s such a wonderful little saying and I love dogs so it works doubly well for me. I’d forgotten all about seeing it so thanks so much for posting it here!

Positively Present´s last blog post..the lucky number seven

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LifeMadeGreat | Juliet May 17, 2009 at 7:51 am

Hi Lance

This is such a great phrase! I’m going to print it out and stick it up somewhere. I think this can always make one smile.

Thank you!
Juliet

LifeMadeGreat | Juliet´s last blog post..Coping With Praise

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suzen May 17, 2009 at 7:59 am

How precious! Having my dog around reminds me to stay present and always look for reasons to wag! I’ve been writing a multi-part blog on stress. I could have just put the picture of the dog with the “bark less, wag more” and kept it simple! haha! I may follow his lead today and nap more as well! Thank you, Lance, for saying volumes in brief words and a heart-warming visual.

suzen´s last blog post..Stress – Emotional Illness vs Architecture? Part 2

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Evita May 17, 2009 at 8:07 am

LOL, love this one Lance! It is amazing how different life becomes when we allow ourselves to be happy instead of holding onto angers, fears and frustrations.

It is a choice we can all make, and a choice that we all have, no matter what the circumstances.

Evita´s last blog post..I CAN DO IT! Toronto 2009 Conference – Day 3

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Julie May 17, 2009 at 8:10 am

Dogs are wonderful teachers, aren’t they, Lance? Showing us that life really is very simple. Clean and simple, effortless and fun. …enjoyment around every corner, just waiting for us to notice it! Life “out there” is an absolute joy! We’re the ones who muck it up with judgements and fears and other things that separate us from each other, from the world, from goodness and light and all other things just as mighty and beautiful. Fun and happiness!—that’s as it should be. ๐Ÿ˜‰ We’re on the same wavelength today, Lance!

Julie´s last blog post..Water in My Nose

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Angel May 17, 2009 at 8:36 am

This is quite strange: I was doing just that. I was fixing oatmeal, looking out the window, and wagging my tail.

Great sunday post. Lance, you get it right every time.

Angel´s last blog post..How to win your age group

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Jeanne May 17, 2009 at 9:28 am

How true
I love all you share
Jeanne
Blessings

Jeanne´s last blog post..Photography Slideshow

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bobbi May 17, 2009 at 9:41 am

I LOVE THIS PICTURE!!!! What a great quote! Have a wonderful weekend with the fam lance.

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Tom Volkar / Delightful Work May 17, 2009 at 9:59 am

Barking is often judgment and wagging is appreciation. Both deliver more of the same. Big wag to you Lance!

Tom Volkar / Delightful Work´s last blog post..How To Extract Your Waiting Wisdom

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Tess The Bold Life May 17, 2009 at 10:06 am

Barking is fear…wagging is love! How simple can it get?

Tess The Bold Life´s last blog post..Mackenzie Bold and Beautiful

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Tabitha May 17, 2009 at 12:41 pm

I SO love this Lance!
I’ve never seen the bumper sticker, but the words pack a great punch. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tabitha´s last blog post..Words Of Wisdom

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Nadia - Happy Lotus May 17, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Hi Lance,

I LOVE the picture and the quote. How true! So straight and to the point. I am all for wagging! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Nadia – Happy Lotus´s last blog post..Happy News (May 17th, 2009)

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Brenda May 17, 2009 at 1:39 pm

I have two cats and two dogs. The cats exude contentment. The dogs exude joy. Your little thought for the day makes me feel both contentment and joy. Thanks, Lance.

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brandi May 17, 2009 at 2:01 pm

ha! right up my alley! love happy dog pics. ๐Ÿ™‚

brandi´s last blog post..me and him

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How was that? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Stacey / Create a Balance May 17, 2009 at 3:23 pm

I read this quote early this morning and have been barking less and wagging more ever since.

Stacey / Create a Balance´s last blog post..Why Do You Need Balance In Your Life?

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Sami - Life, Laughs & Lemmings May 17, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Totally LOVE this one Lance! Could it be said any better? I think not. Tail’s a wagging as I type!

Sami – Life, Laughs & Lemmings´s last blog post..Friday Question – High School Revisited

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Audra Krell May 17, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Hi Lance,
I’ve been seeing this popping up on bumpers everywhere, I wholeheartedly agree!! Even if people simply snap and snark less, this world will be a better place. And good on them if they can manage to wag more too!

Audra Krell´s last blog post..Audra Krell Available on the Kindle

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Vered - MomGrind May 17, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Hehe I love it Lance. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Vered – MomGrind´s last blog post..Bizarre Vintage Ads

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Chris Edgar | Purpose Power Coaching May 17, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Thanks for this post. The enthusiasm dogs live with is such a great example of how it’s possible to celebrate every moment of your life.

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Fannie Junster May 17, 2009 at 6:41 pm

I have not seen that bumper sticker yet, it’s great! (Kelly interprets it as shake your booty more.)

I saw one the other day saying… “Lord let me be half the man my dog thinks I am.” Amen!

Fannie Junster´s last blog post..Folks, I couldnโ€™t make these up if I tried! (and song video coming next post, I hope.)

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Lance May 17, 2009 at 8:14 pm

@Daphne – Hi Daphne. That was my thought too – four words that say so much! My aspirations as well – more wagging, less barking…

@Evelyn – Ah yes, bark less being to just keep quiet – an angle I hadn’t thought about – and I love it! Thanks Evelyn, and happy Sunday to you too!

@Svasti – The picture just says “wag” to me! And yes, dogs can sure be content..

@Natalia – Hi Natalia. Oh, good stuff! Life is indeed short – and we might as well have fun while we’re here. And listening – another great point! I’m loving this, Natalia, you’re reminding me of much that is important to our quality of life…thank you! Hope your Sunday was awesome, and the coffee was hot…

@LisaNewton – The glass half full / glass half empty syndrome – how we look at life says a lot about how we live our life. Here’s to seeing the positives. Happy patting today Lisa!

@Stacey Shipman – Hi Stacey. A hike sounds wonderful! Golden retrievers, especially seem to look happy I think. And yes, silence, something to be savored, if we can get to that point of not having the “noise” in our lives all the time. Not always easy when we as a society have become so accustomed to it – not having “noise” of some kind can seem strange at first.

@Diane C. – Being grateful is a good place to be at – it’s like the wagging just brings on more wagging!

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Lance May 17, 2009 at 8:14 pm

@Positively Present – Hi Dani. It’s a great saying isn’t it!

@Juliet – Hi Juliet. Yes, this sure can make you smile! Glad to hear you liked it!

@Suzen – Hi Suzen. This phrase sums up about how to live life, doesn’t it! Enjoy your nap today!

@Evita – Being happy can completely change our outlook on life, which will also change our life in many great ways. A choice – I love that you’ve brought this up, Evita. We all have the choice to wag or to bark. Always. It can be hard not to bark sometimes, although, really what does the barking get us? I choose happy…

@Julie – Yes, dogs are wonderful teachers…if we pay attention… Mucking it up – I love that Julie. Well, not that we muck life up. I love how you’re describing this. I look at the picture up above and I can’t think at all that the dog there is judgmental. He just looks content with life. And is ready to just have fun…when someone else wants to join him. On the same wavelength – it’s a good place to be Julie!

@Angel – Hi Angel. So…you were wagging your tail as you were reading this! Why doesn’t that surprise me???? Have a great Sunday!

@Jeanne – Hi Jeanne. And thank you!

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Lance May 17, 2009 at 8:14 pm

@Bobbi – Isn’t that dog great – he looks like he’s perfectly okay with life…always. And the quote fits him… And is good for us to remember. I am having a great weekend with my family, thanks Bobbi. Enjoy your time with your husband as well!

@Tom – Hi Tom! Oh, great point – wagging begets more wagging in our life. Barking begets more barking in our life. I love that thought! Thanks Tom!

@Tess – Fear or love, great way to look at this Tess! It is so simple…on paper. In real life, why do we not wag more? Something worth thinking about, for each of us, no matter where we are on that continuum…

@Tabitha – Hi Tabitha. They are powerful words aren’t they – and in such a concise manner – remind us of so much.

@Nadia – Hi Nadia. Happy wagging to you, my friend (and I’m guessing you do this often!).

@Brenda – Feeling contentment and joy – that’s a great place to be at, isn’t it Brenda!

@Brandi – Yes, right up your alley, my friend!

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Lance May 17, 2009 at 8:15 pm

@Laurie – I love it Laurie!!!! That’s great, you’re doing some serious wagging!!!!!

@Stacey / Create A Balance – Hi Stacey. Great to hear! Why do I think you don’t bark all that much anyway! I think you wag quite a bit already… Hope you’re having a great Sunday!

@Sami – So simple, and so well said in only a few words! Keep wagging Sami!!!

@Audra – Hi Audra. It’s great bumper sticker. Especially on cars – as I know I sometimes get frustrated in traffic. And this reminds me I should look around and “wag my tail” at all the great things I can see, or that I have in my life. And that’s a lot of things worth wagging about. And it’s not all about traffic. It’s life in general, and even just doing one of these two is a big step in the right direction. Thanks much Audra!

@Vered – Thanks much! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday as well!

@Chris Edgar – Yes, dogs can be enthusiastic over something as simple as a ball, or going outside, or a walk, or just getting a little attention. It doesn’t take much at all to make a dog happy. And that’s something we can all learn from!

@Fannie Junster – Hey Jannie (oops. I mean Fannie!). Ha! Kelly is making me laugh tonight – if you’re going to wag your tail, you’ve got to shake your booty!! I love it!!! And see, just reading your comment, and really what Kelly is saying – has made me wag my tail more. I’d post a video of me shaking my booty – except that would scare you and everyone else away for good! And, I love the bumper sticker you saw as well – dogs can sure make us feel like kings! Happy Sunday to both of you!

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Lisa's Chaos May 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm

He is adorable! Dirty tongue and all. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lisa’s Chaos´s last blog post..Macro Monday: My favorite shape

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Dan and Deanna May 17, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Nice post, love the photo and the bumper sticker. Keep up the good work.
Dan and Deanna “Marketing Unscrambled”

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Marelisa May 17, 2009 at 11:09 pm

Hi Lance: There are two golden retrievers that are usually being walked by their owner just as I walk to the gym each day. Just seeing them makes me happy. And they seem to effortlessly live by the words in your quote ๐Ÿ™‚

Marelisa´s last blog post..Up – The Adventure of A Lifetime

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Maya May 17, 2009 at 11:14 pm

LOVED this one. And you know I would!

Thank you for the smile and a great message ๐Ÿ™‚

Maya´s last blog post..WHAT do you want to HAVE/FEEL in YOUR life?

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Arswino May 17, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Hi Lance,

It is a very short quote, but has a deep meaning.
Thank you.

Arswino´s last blog post..Take Hold of Every Moment

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Barbara Swafford May 18, 2009 at 2:43 am

Hi Lance,

This is precious. Oh, what we can learn from our animals. *smiles*

Barbara Swafford´s last blog post..For The Sake Of The Children – Blog Smart

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Stephen - Rat Race Trap May 18, 2009 at 6:12 am

Sweet! I love it. I love dogs. Gave me a smile this morning. Thanks!

Stephen – Rat Race Trap´s last blog post..Your Brain on Food and Supplements โ€“ Acetylcholine

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Maria@Conversations with Moms May 18, 2009 at 6:48 am

I love these powerful and short quotes. Great bumper sticker.

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David Cain May 18, 2009 at 10:28 am

Haha I love it!

Most dogs I know are actually a lot better at doing that than people.

David Cain´s last blog post..How to Be Grateful When You Donโ€™t Feel Like It

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Lance May 18, 2009 at 12:13 pm

@Lisa’s Chaos – This picture really exudes happiness doesn’t it!

@Dan and Deanna – Thanks guys! Great message in so few of words…

@Marelisa – Hi Mare. Thanks for sharing this! Happiness shared makes others happy…a pretty cool concept, huh!

@Maya – Hi Maya! It’s great to see you here! Keep smiling, my friend…

@Arswino – Hi Arswino. So much said in so few words…

@Barbara – Hi Barbara. Wisdom is all around us…if we just are open to seeing it.

@Stephen – Glad to bring a smile! Have a great day today!

@Maria – A few words can be so powerful!

@David Cain – Dogs get it, don’t they…

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J.D. Meier May 18, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Dogs that lead by wagging get pet more.

J.D. Meier´s last blog post..Discipline vs. Motivation

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Liz Rosenbaum May 18, 2009 at 4:45 pm

I love it! It reminds me of a new goal I made for myself… and that is to MAKE time for fun! I am such a “to-do” list person, that just HAS to get everything done, that I leave little room for fun! Well, I’m going to “bark less” and “WAG MY TAIL” more!!! Ha Ha! This made me laugh! Thanks!

Liz Rosenbaum´s last blog post..Why Torture Yourself?

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Davina May 19, 2009 at 12:54 am

Hi Lance. Well, it’s still Sunday by my clock so I haven’t completely missed the party. This pooch looks satisfied… and pooped. To pooped to bark OR wag.

Davina´s last blog post..Positively Breathing โ€” Affirmation 3

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Lance May 19, 2009 at 11:25 am

@J.D. Meier – Great point! People are more attracted to those who exhibit “wagging” in their life, instead of barking. Much more enjoyable to be around positivity instead of negativity.

@Liz – Hi Liz! I’m smiling…that you’re laughing! I love it. Sometimes our “to-do’s” get in the way of our wagging. And, while we do have stuff that needs to get done, sometimes stopping and wagging is just what’s needed. And you’re reminding me of that today Liz – thank you!

@Davina – Hi Davina! It can always be Sunday…around here, anyway! He does look exhausted, and I’m thinking it’s because he was chasing that ball and wagging his tail!

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Bella May 19, 2009 at 12:42 pm

I’m *SWOONING*
and SMILING
and WAGGING
while I do it all.
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Thanks for all the positivity
that you put out into the world ~
You are truly a joybringer to so many!

~ Bella

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Cricket May 19, 2009 at 1:16 pm

hahah…this is great Lance. My grandmother would always say, “The best part about a dog is his tail wags instead of his tongue.”

Cricket´s last blog post..I Ponder

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Caroline May 19, 2009 at 5:30 pm

LOVE it! I have seen that before…but the picture really brings it home.

Caroline´s last blog post..Time to pause…

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vikum May 19, 2009 at 11:42 pm

You’ve extract wisdom to four letters. Simple yet very serious.
A great one Lance.

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Adrenalynn May 20, 2009 at 4:57 am

I love this ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve done my share of barking today, unfortunately, so I’ll try to wag for the rest of the day!
Thanks for stopping by my blog! I didn’t realize who you were until I clicked through to your site ๐Ÿ™‚

Adrenalynn´s last blog post..Our founding fathers wouldโ€™ve been proud

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Lance May 20, 2009 at 6:51 am

@Bella – Thanks much, and happy wagging to YOU!

@Cricket – Hi Tammy! Thanks much…and you’re grandmother was very smart!

@Caroline – Hi Caroline! This dog just looks like a wagger, doesn’t he!

@Vikum – Hi Vikum. So short, and and yet it says so much doesn’t it. Thanks!

@Adrenalynn – Hi Adrenalynn. Thanks for stopping by! Half the battle is being aware of what we’re doing. Wag away!

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Hilary May 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Hi Lance .. it’s a dog’s day .. just for Sunday pottering, taking them for a walk .. being peaceful with oneself and the family .. just being .. clear the mind and refocus .. the dog will sleep and you’ll have happy memories of their romps in the fields and their dashing back to say ‘I love you’ .. and I am your best friend ..

Black standard poodle .. would be better!! or a Bull Terrier .. but golden retrievers are just golden too

Thanks so much .. for the dog’s happy life ..
Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters

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Lance May 22, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Hi Hilary. There are so many flavors of dogs, aren’t there (sorry…I’ll try to remember to use a black poodle next time I have a dog pic!!). Dogs certainly know a thing or two about just being happy don’t they!

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Ricardo Bueno May 23, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Lance: I love this! To me it means stop complaining and have fun in life… (just the way things should be).

Good to be here again Lance! Hope you’re doing well ๐Ÿ˜€

Ricardo Bueno´s last blog post..Your Social Media Success Plan

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Lance May 26, 2009 at 7:03 am

@Ricardo – Hi Ricardo, great to see you here! Having fun with life – that’s a pretty good motto! Keep on doing that, my friend…

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Mindful Mimi May 26, 2009 at 1:17 pm

I’m wagging. Big time.
Been away on a long weekend to the South of France watching my two butt naked boys running around in the sun splashing water. Just pure joy and tail wagging.
Thanks for that great bumper sticker.

Mindful Mimi´s last blog post..Sunday laugh

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