There are some days (OK, more than a few) where I much prefer spending time with animals than people. After a long day at work, dealing with a challenging event, or just checking off items on my long to-do list, it is a pleasure to “converse” with my four-legged friends.
My 12-year-old White Shepherd mix, Luna, looks at me with her old-soul eyes, and I swear I can hear her say, “I know. I get you. You are not alone.” Being a mom, wife, and business owner, along with the multitude of other roles I take on in my life, means most of the time people need things from me. Sitting quietly with the dogs, even for just a couple of minutes, is like a peaceful oasis. To get so much love from someone who asks so little in return is pure joy.
Animals offer many gifts: Teaching without an agenda, showing us how to live in the moment, and never judging us along the way. Their gentle souls have a way of pentrating the walls and barriers we humans are so good at putting up to block pain, isolate, or sometimes just survive. Animals see the best in each of us, and have a profound ability to draw us out of ourselves, trusting the safety they offer through their comforting presence.
For some people, a dog’s companionship may mean the difference between life and death. Therapy animals have unique abilities, both physical and mental, filling roles that cannot be accomplished with pills, machines, or other human-made devices. It is a miraculous thing to witness.
This month we celebrate these special relationships between humans and animals. Whether it is dogs paired up with veterans, or an animal who gives someone the strength to make it through another day, these four-legged heroes deserve to be recognized …simply for being the wonderful animals they were born to be.
We all have bad days, but they can be made just a little bit better when we spend some time with our pets. Take a moment out of your day to say thank you to your true companions. You will amazed what these wise beings can tell you when you really begin to listen—