I suppose I write about this subject all the time. But I thought it might be fun to put it all into some kind of order.
I have had dogs since I was 5 yrs old. I loved them and they loved me. But I never really thought about all the things they were teaching me. It wasn't until about 1996 when I got a dog from a shelter in Key West. We named her Miss Parker and she loved us from the moment she was released from her prison. She is a story all by herself and I will tell it soon. For now, I will talk about the many thing I have learned from the many, many dogs who have changed and enhanced my life.
#1: UNCONDITIONAL LOVE This is something that dogs have all over their two legged counterparts. They don't care if you are rich or poor. They don't care if you punish them. They will love you no matter what. Even a dog who is left outside, even chained, will be thrilled to see his human. They hold no grudges.
#2: FORGIVENESS Every dog who has come into my life has an enormous capacity to forgive. I have seen dogs who were abused, and yet they still loved the person who was their abuser. Talk about turning the other cheek. I know I couldn't be that forgiving.
#3: LOYALTY There is no loyalty on earth like that of a dog. We have all seen the stories about the faithful dog who holds vigil over a beloved owner who has passed away. They grieve every bit as much as the humans. Maybe more. They also grieve over the loss of a companion pet, be it dog or cat. While a dog seems to forget an abuse, they don't seem to forget the loss of a friend.
#4: ENTHUSIASM Dogs are interested in the world around them. Some more than others but all seem to appreciate every tree, every bush, every dog, cat, squirrel, or bird that crosses their path. They greet each day with joy. When you come home from work, or even a 10 minute absence, they greet you with wagging tails as if you were gone for a week.
#5: APPRECIATION A dog appreciates every pat on the head. They love those belly rubs, head scratches, and the ever popular butt scratch. They love every walk, every meal, and every water change. They love every word of praise, every kiss, and every show of your love. They are truly sorry if they misbehave and make you reprimand them. Often they don't know what they did wrong, but they don't ever want you to be unhappy.
#6: COMFORT Whenever a dog senses that you are unhappy, they will come to you and offer their comfort and understanding. They will sit with you quietly and lick away your tears.
I can come up with more, but I try to keep my posts short. As always, I appreciate your comments. I always love it when anyone joins my site. That way you receive my posts via email so you don't have to search them out.
These were some of the things I have learned from dogs. I work hard to exhibit these same traits. Dogs inspire me.
Peace and Love,