The unconditional love of dogs is the purest form of affection in the world. They give without asking anything in return, except for basic care and the occasional belly scratch. It doesn’t matter to them if you are in a good mood or a bad one, when they see you, they make it quite obvious that they love you. Whenever I am having a bad moment in the production of the newspaper or in my daily you-never-know-what-is-going-to-happen-next life, I will tell Rhonda that I am going home to hug my dogs – and every time I do that, I am instantly transformed back into a better state of mind.
There are a lot of things that dogs usually do for us as people and that is why dogs are usually referred to as man’s best friend. Why is this so? Maybe it is because of the unconditional love that they are able to show us as people. Dogs serve us without asking or waiting and they are not seeking any benefits for themselves. When you have just arrived home from work, they are ready and patiently waiting for you at the door so they can greet you right away. Your dog might wait for you to bend down so he can lick your face to give you his kisses or your dog might even jump up to you to show how much he missed you.
Dogs not only provide us with their unconditional love but at times they can act as our own protectors. Your dog might guard your house when you are asleep or away. If we are asleep, they might bark at the slightest noise that they hear and wait close by the door to make sure nobody enters that is not supposed to. I do not have an alarm system; however, as anyone that has walked by my door can confirm, I do not need one.
Dogs also show unconditional love when we get upset with them. They might put their head down and realize what they did was wrong. They might then come up to you and lick your face or give you their paw to show you that they are extremely sorry for what they have done. Maybe your dog is lying in your favorite chair or sitting area that you would like to sit in. You ask him or her to move and your dog obediently does what you want them to. They move to another resting area without any complaint whatsoever, or in my case, to their absolute favorite resting area – my lap or my shoulder.
We call their names and our dogs come running up to us, wagging their tails wildly. They are showing us how much they care and how happy they are that we are giving them the same kind of attention.
Sometimes we might just dismiss or take for granted the unconditional love that our dog shows us constantly. We should always be aware of it and return the favor.
This Fourth of July, I will be celebrating with my entire canine family. My daughters are out of town and in their absence I have the privilege to have my grand dogs, Brody and Dexter visiting with me and my daughter-dog Maggie. We have a busy day scheduled to celebrate our nation’s Independence. We will eat what we want to because no one else is around to remind us that we have a special diet and a train watching excursion is planned for midmorning. Sometime after lunch, weather permitting, we are going arrowhead hunting in southern Seminole County and we plan on ending our day watching the fireworks on TV.
At the end of the day, all of us, Maggie, Brody, Dexter and David, will be sitting on the sofa with smiles on our faces celebrating one of the happiest days of the year, content in the fact of knowing that each of us is loved, unconditionally.
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!
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