Get ready for some nearly universally applicable life advice, as explained with dogs! How do you love a dog for the rest of your life? Everyone can experience the enjoyment of a new pup in the house, possibly a puppy or maybe a rescue who is incredibly grateful to finally have a home. It’s easy to get joy from every little thing your dog does when you’re in the honeymoon period. After a while, it becomes routine, maybe even tedious. Where has the magic gone?
Your dog will love your for the rest of your life
Novelty dissipates, and then you’re left with something real. For all of the frustrations and the messes you’ll have to clean up, there will be so many moments of playfulness, calm, and connection. Sometimes it will be tough, but mostly it will be awesome, especially when you learn to enjoy the mundane elements of having a dog. Even just the chance to walk with your best furry friend is something to be embraced.
With age comes wisdom
Situations change. You’ll change. Your dog will change. These changes can be difficult, but they’re also what will break up any lingering boredom. As we adapt to our surroundings and move into different phases, sometimes something in us shifts. Stay open to the fact that your dog, though always fundamentally the same pup you know and love, will have little differences in temperament, attitude, and behavior over the years. It keeps you on your toes, and it’ll keep you mindful of the ways in which you change. With each change, you’ll have to recalibrate your relationship. Do this work and you’ll find new and interesting ways to love your dog.
Find restful time to spend with your best furry friend
Dogs get old and so will you. Don’t expect a permanent puppy, because you’re not getting any younger. Even an older dog plays, though not in the same way. Take the time to find ways to engage with your dog and make it feel spry, even if that no longer means intense games of fetch or long treks along rough terrain. Your dog will be grateful for the way you understand them and you’ll see the timeless energy and joy that your dog is capable of when you take the time to adapt. In your quieter moments together, the restlessness of puppyhood may be gone, but there will be so much serenity and mutual understanding.
Make peace with all of this and find the beauty in it. Life never stays the same forever, so why should a dog be static? This relationship, as with many others, has twists and turns. If you let it, it’ll help you recognize and navigate the shifts in your own life. You’ll love your dog forever no matter what, but following the path of least resistance and respecting all these changes will make it so much easier.