We never really thought of it before (until we got our own dog), but dogs (much like children), teach you things. Things like taking time to notice the little things, to be spontaneous and always having your friends back. As Wilma's owner, Rae Dunn says in the introduction, "Wilma has so much wisdom to share, that I couldn't keep it all to myself." And what good advice it is. Here are a few excerpts:
"take time to REFLECT."
"BLAZE new trails."
"think of all the POSSIBILITIES"
|(photo by laura flippen)|
The book, which was initially intended for children, became a book for adults after the folks at Chronicle books suggested; and as Rae explains to the New York Times recently in an article,
"The world is so complicated these days, and there’s so much information coming at us, that it’s sensory overload. Wilma teaches me to see the world in a very simple, childlike way, and to home in on the details. People miss so much beauty in the world because they’re not observing. They’re just busy going from place to place, walking down the street and looking at their cellphones."
But really, the book is for both, because even though children do live more zen-like lives (like dogs), sometimes they need to notice (or be aware of) these lessons, or when teenagers, reminded. And young or old, why should anyone miss out on being reminded of such sage advice now and again, especially from such an adorable dog? The book, Wilma's World: Good Advice from a Good Dog by Wilma the Dog is available online through Amazon.com and Chronicle Books.
See more of Wilma's world and Rae Dunn's beautiful clay work at raedunn.com. Also you can follow them on instagram here.