How Disney Quotes Teach Us Valuable Dog Care Lessons!
November 18th, 2018. Last Updated November 18th, 2020
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November 18th is always a big day for Disney. It’s Mickey’s birthday!
At the time of this post, the Mouse has been around for 90 years. Usually, the Disney Parks go all out to celebrate the occasion with special snacks and festivities.
Here on this blog, we thought we’d take a moment to look back on some key quotes he and his cohorts have said that embody the Disney spirit.
Specifically, we’ve picked out some quintessential Disney quotes that will not only take you wonder by wonder, but also provide valuable dog care lessons.
“The seaweed is always greener in somebody else’s lake.” - The Little Mermaid
The famous line from “Under The Sea” was said by Sebastian after objecting to Ariel romanticizing about the human world.
This quote exposes the bias we tend to show when considering our situation with others. We downplay what we have in favor of what our peers have. We’re always chasing someone else’s money, fame, or good fortune.
Or, in some cases, someone else’s dog!
Chances are, there’s a dog out there that’s more obedient than yours. Or a dog that doesn’t drive you crazy with constant barking and whining.
There’s a dog out there that’s real close to the “perfect” dog you have in mind. It could be tempting to wish your dog was more like them…
Sure, it can get incredibly frustrating trying to train good behaviors into your dog. But take a moment to realize that your dog is a unique fur ball you will never find anywhere else in the world.
Treasure your dog and everything you have, and stop looking at other dogs as benchmarks!
“Just keep swimming!” - Finding Nemo
Few quotes can be more simple yet meaningful than this one by Dory from Disney Pixar’s Finding Nemo.
The lesson here is simple. Many times in raising a dog, you’ll stumble upon obstacles.
Many dogs often just need time to pick up new tricks and behaviors. It’s all a gradual process. Just keep swimming and never give up.
Of course, this is also just an encouraging line to say while they’re enjoying a swim!
“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” - Alice in Wonderland
We’ve always emphasized the importance of getting your dog on a schedule. But I also should stress that this doesn’t mean every day should be the same!
A bored dog becomes a destructive dog. If you don’t give them stimulation, your dog will come back and bite you (not literally, but you may find a hole in your sofa).
Like the adventurous Alice herself from Alice in Wonderland, you should never stop exploring new avenues with your dog.
Not only will this keep both of you happy, but introducing more things and environments to your dog is one of the best ways to get your dog properly socialized.
Owning a dog is an adventure, so make it one! Get out there and let your dog express their natural curiosity.
“There’s a great big hunk of world down there with no fence around it.” - Lady And The Tramp
I do wish Yuna could speak human, but I wonder if she could spout as much wisdom as Tramp does in his beautiful quotes from this Disney classic!
This one plays off Alice’s previous quote, extending the idea of constantly exploring and seeking new experiences.
We’ve domesticated dogs thinking that they need to abide by all of our human rules to be suitable pets.
But at the end of the day, dogs are still dogs, and they’re at their best while outside, exploring the great unknown!
Dogs may be the most curious beings in the world, and keeping them cooped up inside is no fun at all.
There’s a time and place for a fenced backyard and keeping your dog on a short leash. However, sometimes you should just let them explore. Perhaps they’ll lead you down a new road you never thought you’d explore.
“Happiness is the richest thing we will ever own.” - Donald Duck
Donald is often remembered for his crazy, raspy rants. But beneath all that, this loyal friend of Mickey’s definitely has some wisdom left in him.
Dogs add color to our lives. They make us happier. That’s the main reason we decide to get one in the first place.
Sure, there are definitely days where you might burst into Donald Duck rage at something your dog does. But in the grand scheme of things, you wouldn’t trade your dog for a million dollars, because the feeling of love and happiness you get from them is just priceless.
Just taking a step back and recognizing that will make you cherish each moment with your dog even more.
“Don’t stress over anything you can’t change.” - Mickey Mouse
And finally, a word from the birthday mouse himself.
One thing I feel many people do not realize is that Mickey’s life is far from perfect. We often attribute Mickey and Disney in general as being a “dream come true” without realizing that imperfections do exist.
Just examine a few details of Mickey’s life. His best friends Donald and Goofy are both impulsive characters who fail to listen to him a lot of the time. He’s got an “enemy” in Pete who constantly gives him trouble. He’s often depicted as being a small and powerless mouse.
Even his own dog Pluto gives him a hard time sometimes!
But it’s Mickey’s response to these little annoyances that makes his personality so “Disney.” He never pushes any of these characters, including himself, to change. He knows that there are things in the world that can’t be changed, and he chooses not to dwell on that in everyday life.
Just listen to his response to Pluto ruining his day of golf in Canine Caddy: “Aw, you’re just a mutt.”
He knows that dogs will be dogs, and do dog things. And rather than chastise Pluto, he embraces it.
We should adopt the same thinking with our dogs. We need to accept that there are some things in our dogs that are hard-coded in their personalities that are difficult if not impossible to change. But that doesn’t matter.
If we can change our attitude to not focusing on the things we can’t change, then we can emerge from any bad situation with a smile on our faces, just like Mickey does, day in and day out.