Life would be easier if we acted more like our dogs:
It seems that for most of my life, I’ve owned a dog. I’ve had a Pomeranian, Shih Tzu, German Shorthaired/Weimaraner mix, Black Lab, Chocolate Lab, Irish Setter, Brittany Spaniel, Beagle and a Beagle/Heinz 57 mix. I’ve loved each of these dogs and they have all loved me. Some have been hunters, some have been watch dogs, some have been lap dogs and some have been lazy, but all have been uniquely their own and a great part of my life. Like all precious dogs I’ve owned, our current Beagle/Heinz 57 mix, Riley, is more than just a pet – he is a family member.
There are many reasons to love dogs and here are just a few:
Dogs live in the moment; they don’t dwell on the past or worry about events that have not happened yet. They don’t care if their hair is done or if they are the “right breed”, they love unconditionally. Dogs are not hard on themselves, they are happy with who they are. Dogs don’t hide their emotions; if they are happy, they love on you, if they are scared, they growl or cower. You always know where you stand with a dog. Dogs are loyal, faithful and accepting.
We, as humans, should embrace these traits. Be kind to others, accept and seek to understand those who are different from you. Love one another – faults and all. Be open and honest and assume positive intent. Do unto others, as your dog would do unto them.
“Dogs don’t rationalize. They don’t hold anything against a person. They don’t see the outside of a human but the inside of a human.”
—Cesar Millan (dog trainer)