You know the meaning of his snuffs and grunts and barks. Every twitch of the ears is a question or statement, every wag of the tail is an exclamation. But I bet no dog would ever confess it to the other dogs. Type keyword s to search. Design: Emily Schiff-Slater. Elayne Boosler. Dean Koontz.
The Dog Who Loved the Good Life
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Robert Wagner. Caroline Knapp. Edith Wharton. Groucho Marx. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. But as I grew older, I started to realize how much better dogs are as lifelong companions and friends. Sure, they're more work than cats.
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Sure, they make bigger messes and bigger poops. Sure, they eat more. But they also have bigger hearts. They just want to love and be loved. And really, what is easier than that in this life? What other species wants love and only love, nothing in return? Not many. As I write this, my pound Golden Retriever mix is on my lap, her head resting on one arm, making typing difficult.
But I can't bring myself to move her. Of the other two dogs, one is on the couch watching the other eat a rawhide.
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It's a rare moment of peace is this three-dog household, a moment I am sure will end any second. But it's also a moment I can take to reflect and let my heart fill up with love for these animals who choose to love me each and every single day. Dogs live to love and please us. My mom told me a story the other day about how the vet had to poke my labradoodle with a needle about six times before getting it in the right spot. And the whole time, my dog just sat there with his head in my mom's lap, staring up at her, waiting for it to be over. My mom asked the vet why dogs are like this, why they will endure pain without fighting it.
And he said something that broke her heart. He said they just want to please people, even if that means sitting through pain. And really, it's true. All dogs want is for their human to be happy and throw the ball.
And when their human is not happy, they won't throw the ball. Therefore, dogs make it their mission to make their humans happy. They seem to have sixth sense when it comes to compassion and understanding. Dogs can listen without judging. OK, so I don't sit and talk to my dogs. Not about serious matters at least. But when I'm upset, they know. They curl up next to me and rest their head on my chest, staring at me with their big, innocent eyes, radiating love.
Something about that is so powerful to me. While they can't speak, they know their humans so well and can pick it up when something isn't right. And more than that, they try to fix whatever is wrong, the best they know how. They can cuddle better than anyone. I'd rather cuddle with my dog than my boyfriend most of the time.
Every night before bed she climbs up and lies on my chest.
She would sleep like that if I would let her. Instead, she sleeps right on my feet, which cannot be comfortable. But it comes back to love. She loves her humans, and wants to be as close to them as possible even when it means it's less comfortable for her. My pound lab mix will do the same.
He climbs above my head and curls around my shoulders when I am sitting on a chair. He has no idea that this isn't normal. Again, he just wants to be close. Dogs are the best cuddlers, period. Their reaction when you come home from work is priceless. My favorite part of the day is getting home and letting my dogs out of their kennels.
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Based on their reaction alone, you would think I have been gone for weeks. They react the same way whether I am gone 30 minutes or six hours, whining and wiggling their little butts. Nothing feels better than knowing someone loves you that much. Dogs spend so much of their lives waiting for us to come home to them, and having faith that we will.