Many have said that dogs are the greatest gift to man. They teach us the power of unconditional love, friendship, and selflessness. Dogs are quite possibly the most pure form of good in this world.
When asked why dogs don’t live as long as humans, a young boy once said “People are born, so they can learn how to live a good life – like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right? Well, dogs already know how to do that. So, they don’t have to stay as long.”
This child touched the hearts of millions of readers, summing up perfectly why dogs don’t stay as long on this earth. Dogs’ lives are short, but meaningful, even to a six year old boy.
Here are 12 reminders that, although we don’t get as many years with our furry friends, they still leave paw prints on our hearts.
1. Dogs Make Our Lives Whole
“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras
For those, who have never welcomed a dog into their home, life will always be missing something special. A dog completes a man’s life in a way that no other can, and it’s something we find hard to describe.
There’s something soothing about the clacking of claws on the floor, and the droning snores from their bed. Nothing could replace the little things that remind you how lucky you are.
2. They Love Unconditionally
“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog” -M.K Clinton
From the moment you bring your dog home to the day he passes, his love will grow. A dog’s love is unique and fierce. No one will ever love you as much as your dog does.
You are his everything, and he is yours.
3. Dogs Make Us Role Models
“Be the person your dog thinks you are.”
To your dog, you are a superhero, the greatest thing on earth. You provide him with food, shelter, and love. He looks up to you, and idolizes everything you do without hesitation.
Dogs give us a sense of purpose, and the will to be better than ourselves.
4. They Are Our Best Friends
“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then, when I die, I want to go where they went.” – Will Rogers
Your dog is, and always will be, your best friend.
Many dog parents find themselves wishing to spend more time with their dog. If we had the choice, we would bring our dogs everywhere with us.
We tell them our secrets, and share everything together.
5. Dogs Are Selfless
“A dog is the only thing on this earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings
Dogs are truly selfless beings. They will always put your needs before their own, and they never shy from a chance to comfort you.
Whether it’s giving up the good spot on the couch, or walking on the muddy side of the trail, your dog is a chivalrous knight in furry armor.
6. They Pass No Judgement
“Dogs are better than humans because they know and do not tell.” – Emily Dickinson
Your dog will never criticize you for your position in life, nor will he pass judgement on your actions. Your dog forgives you for your mistakes and moves forward with a blank slate.
Your dog will be your biggest supporter in life and your greatest partner.
7. Dogs Make Us Feel Good About Ourselves
“To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.” – Aldous Huxley
There’s no better feeling than coming home to an elated dog.
Dogs make us feel good about ourselves simply by being present. With the wag of their tail, and a smile on their face, they are the greatest cure for the blues. It’s hard to be sad when someone loves you so deeply.
8. They Are Grateful
“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principle difference between a dog and a man.” – Mark Twain
You may not realize this, but your dog is grateful. He is truly thankful for everything you do and appreciates your efforts.
He notices when you buy the good food or take him for longer walks. He knows you care about him more than the other dogs on the street, and he’s sure to thank you for it. He might not show his appreciation in a way you understand, but he tries his best.
9. They Open Our Eyes
“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.” – Charles de Gaulle
Dogs teach us the value of true friendship. They show us what a healthy relationship should be and how much love we deserve.
Dogs are the difference between understanding solid relationships with friends and family and living oblivious to the possibilities.
10. Dogs Are Loyal
“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.” – Orhan Pamuk
Your dog will stand by your side for his entire life.
Dogs are every man’s best friend, but they remain loyal to their companion. Your dog is your partner in crime, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
His love for you is one of a kind.
11. Dogs Make Us Laugh
“Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear.” – Dave Berry
Dogs make us smile, laugh, and forget about all the troubles in the world.
They teach us how to enjoy every moment, and cherish the beauty of life. They confuse us in the greatest of ways, and help us move through difficult times.
Your dog is a reminder that there is good in the world.
12. They Are Life’s Greatest Teachers
“Dogs are great. Bad dogs, if you can really call them that, are perhaps the greatest of them all.” – John Grogan
Whether it’s teaching us how to smile, or how to make the best of a bad situation, dogs are our most profound teachers.
Those who have welcomed a dog into their home will understand that the lessons learned from dogs are often the most valuable. And, though they may not be here for our entire life, the lessons they teach will follow us to the end of our days.
Dogs are the most decent beings in this world, and we are fortunate to walk beside them.
Be sure to hug your dog today and remind him how much you appreciate his presence.