The answer was always “No” when my wife asked for another dog. I would tell her, “We have an outside dog, we don’t need one inside.” I wasn’t just trying to be cruel or show a macho attitude. I just remember what it was like losing the last inside dog we had and didn’t want to go through that again.
Well, a year ago this past Christmas I broke down and went to the pound and brought home a shy little puppy. I put him in a box and gave him to my wife for Christmas. He has been a joy ever since. He’s no longer a quiet little thing, but has turned into a joyful little companion for the whole family.
I received an email recently that I thought summed up what Spike has meant to our family and taught me a great deal about how animals (dogs in particular) can bring us joy. It’s called “A Dogs Purpose.” I’m only going to share the “lessons learned from dogs” portion of the email. I hope you enjoy these.
Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.
Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you’re not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle