Man’s Best Friend: Always There for You

Puppy Love
(My youngest sister, Ashley, with one of our dogs, Abigail)

Man’s best friend.  They’re soft and furry, sometimes love to cuddle, and usually provide entertainment.  Whether you’re a cat person, a dog person, a bird person, or any other type of pet person, there’s no question that pets provide some very real therapeutic benefits.

But then there are those of us who are allergic to pets.  Like me.  I used to suffer from horrible cat allergies and then discovered with my family’s two new dogs that, instead of outgrowing my cat allergies, I suddenly became allergic to dogs as well!  (Apparently doctors still don’t know why people develop allergies, so we have yet to figure out how to outgrow them… we just know it’s possible!  There’s hope!)  However, the realization that my puppies made me sneeze constantly, my eyes water, and my lungs start to wheeze made me despair just a little…  

Until they bounded up to me in their cute paws-too-big-for-them way and licked my cheek.  There really is nothing better than a pet’s love to make you smile and lift your spirits.  They are the perfect example of unconditional love.

When you need to play, they are there ready to enterain.

When you want some exercise, they’ll willingly accompany you.

When you need to cry, they’ll crawl up on your lap and lean their head on your shoulder.

When you want to vent or need someone with whom to talk, they will listen and they will not judge.

When you want to love them, they’re ready to receive your hugs and kisses and will usually return them immediately.

I’ve found that my pets have been essential to making my life happier, especially when my mood hasn’t been the greatest.  When people sense you’re in a bad mood, they tend to either 1) avert their eyes and run as far away as possible from what they perceive to be a ticking emotional time bomb, or 2) smother you with hugs and “How are you? Are you okay? What can I do?” and other such questions until all you want to do is snap at them.  Pets, on the other hand, are a passive presence that will calm you, comfort you, and love you just the right amount.

This photograph is of my family’s dog, Abigail, with my youngest sister, Ashley.  To me, this picture just emanates love.  From Ashley’s tight hug to Abi’s head resting on her shoulder, you can see the connection that these two share, and that they are receiving much more than just comfort from one another.

Which, just as an aside, is slightly funny to me, since when our puppies were growing up, Ashley would tease them constantly!  She’d take their toys and hold them above their heads, she’d wrestle with them, and basically just act like a fellow puppy.  Both our dogs were shelter puppies, which gives some people a bit of concern but we wouldn’t have them any other way.  They’re both kind-hearted and sweet, playful and fun.  Abigail is a black lab mix, and Bella (not pictured yet) is a dalmatian.

This just goes to show that, no matter their background or how much you or your children may tease them, dogs are masters at unconditional love.

So go love your pets!  If you don’t have one, you can either look to adopt from a shelter or find ways to volunteer and help out through either the Humane Society, ASPCA (we’ve all seen those heart-felt Sarah McLachlan commercials), or another local shelter.  Take comfort in your pets and the fact that they will always be there for you, and let them fill your lives with joy and love.

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6 responses to “Man’s Best Friend: Always There for You

  1. matthewschaible

    I’ll probably touch make this comment in numerous posts of yours – but you really have a way with word! Reading your posts is always an enjoyable/calming part of my day, so thank you for that! You also make a great use of links – it seems like almost every paragraph has them. I haven’t found out yet how to link without just entering in the text, so I’m going to ask you about that in class (Or comment below!)
    As with a previous post I commented on, I love that you included a picture you took, of your family’s dog. It really personalizes the blog, and when you have a blog that is personal, you can develop a better connection with your readers in and outside of the swc course.
    I also have an allergic reaction to dogs and cats, but this post gives me hope that I may outgrow them! One can hope, right?

  2. One can definitely hope! I know I am! 🙂

    Thank you for your compliments, and I’m glad you’re enjoying my posts. I’m trying to keep it both personal and universal, touching on topics that either cross my mind or are important to me.

    Adding links is pretty easy – when you want to link a certain word, highlight it in your draft and then click on the Insert/Edit Link button (located to the right of the Align Left, Align Center, and Align Right buttons). Here, just copy and paste the address of the site to which you want to link, and (if you want) check the “open link in a new window/tab” box, and then click “Add Link” and you’re done! Good luck!

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