Mickey’s 90th Birthday - How Disney Quotes Teach Valuable Dog Lessons

Now that Mickey’s been around for 90 years, 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.

November 18th, 2018

Today is big day for Disney. It’s Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday!

All the Disney Parks have gone all out with new snacks and activities to celebrate the occasion. While we didn’t get to join the festivities this time around, we’ve got a few more pieces of Disney dog gear ready to show off, including this awesome Mickey Mouse bandana, specially for dogs!

Yuna wishes Mickey a Happy Birthday!

Now that Mickey’s been around for 90 years, 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 quotes that will not only take you back in time, but also provide valuable lessons on how you should care for our pups (Enjoy the clips and cartoons I linked as well)!

“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 comparing ourselves to 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 (hopefully less so) someone else’s dog.

There’s going to be a dog out there that’s more obedient than yours. Or a dog that doesn’t drive you crazy with barks and whines.

There’s a dog out there that’s REEEEAL close to the “perfect” dog you have in mind. And it’s really tempting to wish you could trade dogs… just for a day…

However, never forget that your dog is unique in its own way. Sure, it can get incredibly frustrating when trying to train desired behaviors into your dog. But take a moment to realize that your dog and its personality is a unique bundle you will never find anywhere else in the world.

Treasure what you have, and stop looking at other dogs as benchmarks.

“Just keep swimming!”Finding Nemo

This quote quickly became a catchphrase after Dory from Finding Nemo made it famous.

The lesson here is simple. Many times in raising a dog, you’ll stumble upon obstacles and you’ll just have to push through them.

Many dogs often just need time to pick up new tricks and behaviors. It’s all a gradual process. Be patient and never give up.

It’s also just an encouraging quote to say to your dog while they’re enjoying a swim.

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”Alice in Wonderland

I’ve had a few posts that emphasize the importance of getting your dog on a schedule. But I also should also 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, it’ll come back to bite you in the form of a torn up sofa.

Like the adventurous Alice herself from Alice in Wonderland, you should never stop exploring new avenues with your dog. Not only will it keep both of you smiling, but introducing many new 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 his 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 this quote!

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This one plays off the 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 dogs are still dogs, and they’re at their best while exploring the great unknown.

Dogs are the most curious things in the world, and keeping them cooped up inside is no fun at all!

Commit to bringing your dog on wild adventures outside and just let them explore. No fenced boundaries, no leash. Perhaps they’ll lead you down a new road you never thought you’d ever explore.

“Happiness is the richest thing we will ever own.” – (Donald Duck)

Donald is often remembered for spewing out the most incomprehensible of rants. But this loyal friend of Mickey’s definitely has some wisdom left in him.

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Dogs make our lives happier. It’s the main reason we get one in the first place.

Sure, there are definitely days where you might burst into classic Donald Duck rage at something your dog does. But in the grand scheme of things, you could never offer up your dog for any price tag 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.

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One thing I feel that 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. It’s just how Mickey decides to deal with them.

Just examine Mickey’s life. His best friends Donald and Goofy are both very 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 small and powerless.

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 doesn’t focus on that in his daily life!

Just listen to his response to Pluto’s ruining his day of golf in Canine Caddy. “Aw, you’re just a mutt.”

He knows that dogs will just 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 troubling situation with a smile on our faces just like Mickey does day in and day out.

Happy birthday, Mickey! And thanks for the lessons!

We’ve got a lot more great Disney-related content coming up on Yuna’s Instagram!