Good Morning everyone!
So, a good friend of mine recently called to say she was enjoying all the updates, as I’ve been blogging quite regularly this week. I was happy to speak to her and asked her what kind of blogs she likes reading. She mentioned a few and then asked me if I would write something about why people love their pets so much. Instead of doing exactly that, this blog post is dedicated to my dog SKIPPY and why I love him as much as I do!
My love of dogs has only evolved over the last three years. I had some less-than-positive experiences when I was younger and have only become a “crazy dog fellow” as an adult. Here are some of the reasons, and in no particular order except for how they pop into my brain, of why I love Skippy so much and what he means to me.
- Let’s start with the obvious. Skippy is so cute. Sure, we all have our own definitions as to what breeds or features are appealing, just as we all have different appreciation for human beauty. Skippy’s eyes radiate with a childlike sheen! They have a mischievous tint to them and yet he’s probably the best behaved dog in the city!
- He needs us and gives us a purpose: A lot of us have the strong desire and/or need to care for other living beings, but do not necessarily yet have or ever want human children. So, we get pets…often dogs, and possibly even jobs that help attain that goal. I love taking care of Skippy and he loves each of us back in a different way. He even gives us individual attention, believe it or not – he has us all wrapped tightly around his little paws and we end up doing everything with him in mind!
- Skippy keeps us busy: Our four-legged furry friends are masters at helping us do this. Not only do they force us to get off the couch to stroll around the block or take a leisurely walk, but they can decrease our stress as well as ease loneliness and isolation. Skippy has an inbuilt alarm clock, whether we’re sleeping in on the weekend or tired out after a long day- he gets his daily outings as and when he wants them. There’s no way you can wiggle yourself out of those walks!
- Dogs remind us to play: Well, they often demand it and we remember that it is fun and important to be silly and laugh. You don’t even need fancy toys. Just relax and follow your dog’s lead. Skippy has the biggest toy collection I’ve ever seen anyone provide for their pets. He has toys from Dubai, England and all over the place and ensures that we too pay with his fancy treasures whenever he’s in the mood.
- I don’t know about the rest of my family but this reason in particular is one that means a lot to me. Do you ever need to get something off of your mind or practice saying something difficult? Well, a dog can be a great listener. Skippy isn’t so good at giving feedback, but that’s okay. The point is to be able to talk and I love talking to him.
- The love of a dog is absolutely unconditional: Dogs don’t care what your financial condition is or what religious beliefs you have. They don’t care if you take a shower or not. You can gain 90 kilos and they’ll still love you. Trust me on that one! We are constantly judged by others, and even ourselves sometimes, but not by our faithful canine companions. Now, they may get a little irritable occasionally, maybe even throw a fit or sulk under the dining table but those are easy behaviors to resolve.
Skippy has his quirks too -hates his food, must hear my dad sing each morning, loves his baths , barks at ANYONE who comes near our door and hates it when we refer to children as ‘Baby’ – (he has dibs on the name).
I come from a wonderfully happy and close knit family, but we had no idea how Skippy would change our lives. He makes us laugh, cry, scream, shout, jump, run and he has the best time in the world doing so. The French Poet Anatole France once famously said ‘Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.’ And I believe that to be completely true. Just spend a day with Skippy- You’ll fall in love- hook line and sinker.