It’s National Lazy Day! Proverbs and cautionary tales warn about idle hands (or paws) and reinforce the ever-present need to be productive. Lazy is viewed so often in negative terms that some of us can’t even imagine taking a break in this dog-eat-dog world…but wait! If we’re talking about dogs, our four-legged friends sometimes stage a revolt against getting things done. Maybe they understand something we don’t, modeling the need to simply go with the flow. Can we learn a lesson from them, let go of that checklist, and declare a lazy day? These slothful characters certainly won’t take “go” for an answer:
Fine, I’m Up (Well, Maybe)
I’m totally out of bed. What more do you want? Why did I get up anyway? It’s time for my morning nap, kicked off with a graceful face-plant.
It’s Not Nice To Stair
Ughn. They’re calling for me to come downstairs. So many steps, so much effort—why bother walking? It’s about time gravity and physics started pulling their weight around here.
50 Percent Effort
I don’t see YOU using four legs. Why should I bother? Here, you can have two legs today, I’ll be bipedal too. Happy?
That’s Far Enough
Fine, I’m all the way into the hallway now, is that sufficient? Time for another face-plant.
Floored By These Eating Habits
Even chow time barely seems worth it on a lazy day. That bowl is all the way across the room, just dump it on the floor and maybe a morsel or two will find my mouth.
Exercise Is A Real Drag
Seriously, you want to play games? I don’t see you exercising…
Keeping Up Appearances
Fine, I’m totally chasing the ball, look at all that rapid paw movement. Any minute now I’ll totally get it, just wait for it.
A Fetching Compromise
You insist on having me chase the ball? Fine, you do all the legwork and I’ll open my mouth. Wait for it…and there you go.
She’s Walking for Two Now
Seriously, you took me outside? You’ve literally taken it too far. National Lazy Day footstep quotient has been exceeded. You are SO carrying me home.
Hey, just because it’s lazy day doesn’t mean I can’t find slothful-but-creative ways to torment the cat.
Are You Still Stairing?
Checking back in with number two, our stair slider…and he’s still going, lazy and proud.
Is this little bandit trying to steal my breakfast or give me a dental exam? Honestly, I’m just too lazy to ask, fight back, or care at this point.
Don’t Turn Around
Yes, I’m too lazy to move my body for you. You really want my attention? Just be happy I’m flexible, because this is all you’re going to get.
You really want me to turn around? Fine. The best way to celebrate National Lazy Day is to turn right around and go right back to bed. Not sure why I bothered getting up in the first place.
Is there an important lazy lesson to learn from our canine companions? We’ve all had days where we wanted to take out ball and go home, bite the blanket, and bundle up for a one-way ticket to lazy town. Maybe our best friends are trying to tell us something and it’s time to give ourselves permission and take a lazy day for ourselves. Something tells me they’d curl up with us and we could be happily lazy together.