The best way for me to add love, happiness and compassion to my life!
In my article today I want to share my experience on the above and it goes out to all those animal lovers out there, especially dog lovers, like me.
Since I could gather my very first thoughts I have had a dog in my life. And thinking back over the past 36 years I cannot imagine my life without one. Today I am the proud “daddy” of two beautiful and funny and most adorable creatures whom we treat as part of the family. Princess Flooi, a black miniature Wired Haired Fox Terrier, is the real diva. I picked her up next to the road years ago one dark, wet and stormy night, left for dead. And Lady Diana, the much younger and much more playful German Shepherd cross Labrador , also rescued when she was just a small pup, is the boisterous bundle of energy which can sometimes, just sometimes, drive you up the walls. But we treat them as family. And in return they look at us with appreciation for being part of a loving caring pack where they have safety and comfort.
Too much comfort in the eyes of some people, but I don’t care for these two have filled a gap in our lives.
Why do I love them so much? The answer is simple. They have taught me about unconditional love and respect.
You see, after a long and difficult day at work they can sense if your mood is on the opposite side of great and they will be funny, they will lighten up your day in a flash. The silly things they can do, their silly facial expressions that puts a smile on your face. The list is endless.
And when you sit on the couch, eyes all filled with tears and a broken heart, they will lie down next to you and gently comfort you with the soft touch of a paw and a few nudges of a cold and wet nose. My angels are the best listeners and after sharing my heartache the return is them fondling with me, showing they care and love me. Ronald Reagan once said that you will always find hope in the eyes of a dog. And it is true.
Sometimes when life has thrown a few nicker balls our way, especially the past four years, they were there to help me pull us through because they have shown me what determination is. They have shown me that giving up is no option. They have taught me that if there is a problem, “bark” (face it straight in the eyes) at it and if the problem does not go away, turn away from it and go get reinforcements and tackle the problem together (get help and support) .
They have also taught me that there is no purpose or positive gain to stay mad at someone. If any of you have ever shared a house with a German shepherd you will know that nothing is safe. Shoes, rolls of toilet paper, a sleeper couch, pillows, nothing is safe. And yes, you get upset and reprimand and yes, Lady Diana would be upset with us, but it does not stay that way. No, and that is something that I wish all humans can learn. I read once that the world would be such a better place if we all had hearts like dogs.
I strongly believe that the personalities that dogs have and show is a direct reflection of their owners. You as a “pack leader” rub off on them. I am also a strong believer that loving and compassionate dogs can sense “good” or “bad” people. This theory of mine has been proven time and again. Take the time and test it for yourself. If your dog is very friendly towards a certain person, look and you will see that that particular person is also compassionate, not only towards animals, but also towards other people.
To conclude I want to share it again. The best teachers in life to show us what real happiness and love and compassion is, are dogs. Trust their judgements, treat them with respect and dignity and you will find a true best friend forever!
Author: Philip J Nel
Short bio: The author contributes articles to websites as a guest writer and specialises in the following topics: life’s trials and tribunals, people and their stories, animals, nature and religion. He is also a proud cancer survivor and that has also taught him more about life. The author started writing at the age of and has written several poems, short stories and even a novel.
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