by Ron Rutherford
“Be the person your dog thinks you are.” I’ve heard that probably a million times before and to be honest it can get pretty old. It’s true that my dogs think I’m pretty awesome and I know that they are probably the only living creatures on the planet who don’t care when I eat hot wings and then use them for a napkin. All the same, I like that I can hold on to some of my minor faults and still be the best thing since bacon wrapped turkey. Instead of being the person my dogs think I am, I strive to be more like my dogs because of their unique way of approaching the world around them.
Regardless of their shortcomings, my dogs never apologize for who they are. They are not overly concerned with their appearances and don’t care if they get to ride in the back of the newest and hottest sports car. They don’t even get embarrassed about going to the bathroom in front of others. They are perfectly comfortable with the way they are and they never judge others. I think that there are times when we all get a little greedy or discontent with what we have already been blessed with. It’s in those moments that I realize I should be more like my dogs.
Unlike the people in my life including myself, my dogs never take anything for granted. They don’t care if I have hot sauce on my fingers when I pet them. They are just thankful for the opportunity to bond with someone they care about. I have to say that if someone tried to pet me with sticky fingers I would be less than amused; it wouldn’t matter who they were.
I can’t remember a single morning that I have woken up and not been greeted by a dog who was ready to seize the day. As soon as I open my eyes my dogs are bright eyed and ready for anything. They never hit the snooze button or complain about what they have to accomplish during the day. The fact that they get to wake up another day is enough for them. I admit that there are days that I don’t want to get out of bed and I hit the snooze button way too many times. It’s on those days that when I finally do get out of bed I have a bad attitude and everything irritates me. I don’t think many people have met a dog who is angry as soon as he wakes up. Instead of dreading my day, I should be more like my dogs and be thankful that I get to wake up to another day.
My dogs don’t hold grudges. I admit that there has been a time or two where I realized that my dogs were supposed to get fed a couple of hours ago and I was completely out of dog food. They had to wait even longer for me to rush to the store and grab a bag of dog food. When I finally got back from the store and fed them it was as though they had forgotten my negligence. They expressed their gratitude and continued to give me unconditional love. Now if someone had forgotten to feed me I can’t say that I would respond as graciously.Instead of getting uppity when I feel as though I have been neglected, I should take a page from my dogs’ book and learn to forgive and forget.
We should not concern ourselves with trying to be the people our dogs think we are. They are simply accepting us for who we are. We should instead strive to be more like our dogs and learn to accept ourselves and others around us.
About the Author
Ron Rutherford is a writer with a passion for nature and a soft spot for Thai food. His dogs are truly his best friends and his mission is to educate pet owners on dog accessories including dog doors, collars, and chew toys.