Whatever we think we know of kindness, of loyalty, of giving ourselves away freely to those we love, we have so much to learn from our four legged friends. Dogs, more than almost any other kind of animal, anchor us to them through absolute selfless love. There are a million lessons to be learned from the way our animals love us, but the one that I keep coming back to is this: Give your love away to those in your life, give it even when they don’t return it, give it especially when they don’t deserve it. Give your love, your kindness, and your grace to those people you let into your life and show them what loyalty means. In no way does this mean allowing people to hurt you or walk on you, watch how quickly a dog will defend itself or those they love when someone threatens, but it means those that have earned your heart, deserve to be given it time and time again. Dogs make us love, and loving makes us more. There is no other way to say this.
I watch my dog sometimes. Its like she knows who likes animals and who doesn't. I'm very naive when it comes to people & sometimes wish that I could be more like my dog in that sense. Your post about 4 legged friends came at the right time. Tomorrow I need to take my daughter's hamster to be put down at the vet. I had him at the vet on Friday & he has an inoperable tumor close to his throat. So we had some time to spend with him, but he will eventually suffocate if we don't have this done. I'm sure people think that it's just a hamster, but this little guy has more character than most people I know. I'm completely devestated that I have to go take him for this tomorrow. We can learn so much from animals...big & small.
I love this! I lost my sweet little Bug last year around this time. She was a rescue and had lots of issues but was a fighter. I was friends with her foster mom & the moment I saw her I felt like she was saying “You’re a fighter too. I’ll help you!” & that she did. Never imagined SO much love from a 4lb chihuahua.
No one can teach us more about unconditional love and trust than dogs. They give without question, they know instinctively when we are hurting, and they are a quiet listener to our secrets - and we can trust they will honor our truth. Dogs are also excellent judges of character; if my dog doesn't like someone I know there's good reason for it. Conversely, if my dog is drawn to someone new in my life, I feel better about that relationship. At this moment, I have seven dogs around me and I treasure the lessons they teach me.
This is again so well-timed. I adopted a rescue dog myself, had him shipped from Humane Society in Kauai and basically got him sight unseen. I am so blessed and lucky! He's been so loving, fun and truly has changed my perspective. He was torn up by a wild pig and found on the road in Kauai, so he's still healing after 3 months, but he wakes me every morning with a lick and plays endlessly, at 3 years old. He loves his life and shows me that it's the simple things, having food, fresh air and someone to love, that is important. Here he is: https://www.instagram.com/p/CGBZOX6jNIm/?igshid=deubj8o1yio7