Disclaimer: The following statement is not meant to inflict shame or insult upon any of my two-legged loved ones.
I like dogs more than I like most people. This is not to say that I don’t like people or that I put dogs and people in the same category. Let’s get real; obviously dogs are in a higher category than most people.
My family rescued my beautiful dog, Gracie, about a year and a half ago. She succeeds our family’s princess of a puppy, Sophie, my first love. We have no idea what Gracie’s life enTAILed preceding her entry into our family and at first we had a hard time connecting with her. She didn’t display affection, act protective, or even respond to us for the most part. We (fondly, of course) referred to her as a “Lug,” because she really didn’t do much of anything.
Of course, with time, patience, and lots of reassurance from us, Gracie has become a part of the family. She is affectionate, protective, and responsive. We love her very much and she clearly loves us in return. Today, however, was an exciting first in my relationship with Gracie because today was the first time she followed me around the house. She walked beside me like the trusty companion she is, and I was touched. I’ve seen her follow closely on the heels of my parents’ feet, but this was a first for me. I felt Gracie’s loyalty and trust more than I have ever before.
I find dogs to be so sincere. In my opinion, they behave the way that humans should behave toward one another. There are so many lessons that we can learn from our dogs and we’d be better people if we acted more like them. If dogs were our teachers we would learn these lessons and more:
- Always run to greet loved ones when they come home.
- Take naps.
- Be loyal.
- Always be yourself.
- If something you want is buried, dig until you reach it.
- When you’re happy, jump around and wag your whole body.
- Do not bite when a growl will suffice.
- Take the opportunity to appreciate the small stuff.
- If someone is having a bad day, sit close and nuzzle them.
In my next life, I hope I have the honor of being as great as my dog. She has taught me how to be a better person, an invaluable lesson.