“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.”
– Charles de Gaulle
I love dogs, as my wife and I refer to our dogs, Maggie, Henry, and P.J. (who passed away in 2013), as our “fur babies.” I’ve often looked at my dogs and wondered how awesome it would be if they could talk and converse with us. What would they say? “Hey, we’ve been through this-I don’t like the brown triangles in my food.” “You gonna let me out or can I just go on the rug?” Or maybe they would vent their frustration by saying, “That little yapping dog next door gets on my nerves.”
If I may engage in a bit of whimsy, dogs already teach us a lot without saying a word. As evolved from their wolf ancestors, dogs, even as domesticated as they are, consider themselves as part of a pack. Besides the protection that comes from being a pack or family offers a place of acceptance and unconditional love. For me, the unconditional love is what is best about having a dog.
-Dogs don’t care what you do for a living or how much money you make.
-Dogs don’t care who you voted for or get upset when there’s political disagreement.
-Dogs don’t discriminate because of your skin color, age, background, religion, orientation or anything else we use to divide each other.
-Dogs teach us not to take things so seriously- just throw the ball, tug on the rope, go take a walk.
-Dogs are grateful for life’s little pleasures-some good food, clean water, a warm bed, and good company.
-Dogs teach us to stay alert to our surroundings.
-Dogs teach us the importance of frequent naps.
-Dogs use their limited years to get the most out of this life.
Maybe, just maybe it was the dog who domesticated us and not the other way around.