Can you even begin to count the ways that your dog makes a difference in your life? With every passing day, every wag of his tail or frisky game of catch, you’re all the more smitten. What is it that causes the dog-human bond to be so warm and close? To get you thinking, here are four quotations and perspectives on the gifts our canines give to us.
“Dogs can teach us how to tell time when it matters and when to throw the clock away when it is irrelevant.”
Does your dog wait for you each day, knowing down to the minute when you’ll get home? Once his dinner time rolls around, does he suddenly become your best and most pesky friend? These are examples of when time is vitally important. On the other hand, Fido will gladly assist you in whiling away a beautiful Saturday afternoon that you should be spending mowing the lawn by instead engaging you in a rollicking game of Frisbee. This is, of course, when time is superfluous.
“If you have a secret you’re bursting to tell, share it with your dog.”
This strategy has two benefits: you get to spill the beans on that piece of confidential information that you can hardly contain. At the same time, you can be sure that your pooch will never articulate it to another living soul.
“If you’re contemplating starting a human family but don’t know if you have what it takes, get a puppy.”
In a nutshell, if you can successfully raise a dog from babyhood, you probably will do fine with an infant. Obviously, there are significant differences. However, an amazing number of the same qualities are required: endless patience, an ability to laugh a lot, stress management skills, seemingly infinite tolerance for sleepless nights, and a lack of squeamishness when it comes to certain substances and bodily fluids.
“Part of the reason why we love our dogs so much is that they bring out the very best in us.”
It is safe to say that we are often kinder and more forgiving toward our pets than we are to ourselves if we make a mistake or fail at something. With their boundless love, tolerance and patience, dogs do not punish us when we are at fault. Nor do they hold grudges. If you’re seeking a role model of forbearance, forgiveness and friendship, look no further than the wagging and wiggly bundle of canine fur at your feet. Our dogs give us the opportunity to learn from them, study ourselves at our best and then employ these qualities toward the people we love.
Although our pups are only with us for a few years, their short lives have an incredible impact on us. It is a wise person who calls dogs man’s best friend, for they surely do add a unique depth and color to our lives. Without them, the world would be a lot less fun, and love would be in short supply.