“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.”
After more than a dozen or so years of perseverance my wife (much to her credit) had finally convinced me to get a dog. I never had a dog as a pet before so I had no idea what to expect. All I saw was the worst that a dog could bring; messes in the house, chewed up shoes, having to walk it and feed it. I simply didn’t want the added responsibility that another animal would bring to the house, but I relented. It was her wish to have a dog and after 12 long years (to her), I relented. I did survive having a toddler in the house, a dog can’t be too bad I had thought.
Two years ago we welcomed Dusty to our home, a clumsy looking mutt we got as a rescue from the SPCA. In the days leading up to picking him up from the SPCA, I barely got any sleep. I wasn’t excited, I was nervous. Will he be a good dog? Will he hurt our aging cats? Will he destroy our house? My wife of course assured me that all my fears were overblown. Turns out, she was right!
Since Dusty has entered our house, he has been a blessing in disguise. We couldn’t have lucked out any better by having him in our home. He is a great dog who always greats us at the door like he hasn’t seen us in years. He is always there when you are sad or sick. He is always by our side or around us in the same room awaiting any kind of affection we throw his way. The excitement in his eyes the moment I mention “Want to go for a walk?” is something I wish I could feel about anything in my life.
I have learned a lot from a dog that I never thought I would ever learn from an animal. I have learned patience, loyalty and excitement are truly endless if you focus on the now. I have learned, through a dog, that the simplest of things like a warm bed, some food and a good friend willing to play a game once in a while are some of the easiest things to create happiness. I have now witnessed first hand what living in the present is about as that is all my dog does. I really never knew what having a good dog around the house was all about. Thanks to my wife’s persistence, I now love having Dusty around, he truly is man’s best friend!
Updated resolution numbers:
44.4 of 1000 KMs walked
3 of 50 blog entries posted
1 of 10 books read (2 on the go)