Dogs are very special creatures. The live to be with and please their person. The can turn grown people into goofy children, and can be a child’s best friend, giving him/her confidence to grow and learn.
When I thing of dogs, I think of their pure honesty, the true emotions like love, trust, loyalty and devotion they display. It’s in the gleam of the “let’s play” look in their eyes, and the sweet gesture of a head or a paw on my lap or a cold nose in my face.
Dogs are truly our best friend, because they don’t care how you are dressed, what neighborhood you live in or where you went to school. They just want to be your companion, your best friend.
Dogs want little more than nourishing food, cool water, comfortable bedding and to have companionship and fun with their person or family. Dogs are much smarter than we give them credit for. They are easily trained to do many things for people, like guiding the visually impaired and identifying many physical and emotional ailments.
Many are trained to seek out and help rescue people in disaster situations. Sure, they can fetch, shake and rollover, but they can save your life in a house fire too. Their sense of smell is 1,000 to 10,000 times better than ours. Their hearing is far superior as well; they hear much higher frequencies and can hear things at greater distances than people.
In as much as most people enjoy the company of dogs, dogs really enjoy the company of people and of other dogs. They are very intuitive as well. If they don’t like your new friend, chances are you should be leery of them as well.
Lessons we can learn from dogs
- When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
- Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
- Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in our face to be pure ecstasy.
- Take naps.
- Stretch before rising.
- Run, romp and play daily.
- Thrive on attentions and let people touch you.
- Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
- On warm days, stop to lie on your back in the grass.
- On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
- When you are happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
- Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
- Be loyal.
- Never pretend to be something you are not.
- If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
- When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
It is heartbreaking when I see a dog tied to a tree, water dish turned over, no shelter from the sun or rain; just lift alone. I ask myself why in the world has someone taken this dog into their life only to neglect him and treat him like they don’t care about him at all. Why would someone do this?
When I see a dog cowering and afraid, my heart breaks again, knowing that this creature has been abused and is afraid of people. His only contact with people has made him fearful.
Dogs really are bright, wonderful creatures with simple needs, and they give so much in return.