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November 21, 2014 by Tails Magazine in Blogs, Fun Stuff, HSSV with 0 Comments

This post is from our friends at the Humane Society Silicon Valley. Enjoy!

Whiskers on kittens, copper kettles, raindrops, roses, and all….we’re not Julie Andrews, but we do have a lot of favorite things. And most of our favorite things fall into one big category: Dogs, and all of the silly, wonderful things they do.

For this blog, our adorable residents help demonstrate some of the most awesome things about dogs:

Really Awesome Thing One: Flying Toys and Eternal Optimism

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Of course I’m going to catch this, I am the Michael Jordan of Pibbles.

Sure, this attempt at catching is about to go badly for poor, lovely Ophelia, but we can’t help but adore her absolute certainty that she is about to catch this ball. Physics isn’t on her side on this one (trajectory and whatnot), but if there’s one thing dog teach us it’s to believe. Launch yourself off the ground, make your serious face, try your best, and even if this one goes right under you, the next one will work out better.

Really Awesome Thing Two: Evil Twins, Eternal Playmates, and Double Scruff

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Two dogs. One brain. Twice the scruffy-wonderfulness.

Life is just better when your house is filled with dogs. Sure, you’ll never know who exactly chewed up that sock. You might be even be a little outnumbered if you live with multiples, but who cares when everyone is having this much fun? Having one dog is great, having more than one is like getting to live amidst a society of little hairy aliens. Aliens like Rocky and Tanner, who would love to move to your place. We have several awesome pooch pairs that are looking to colonize your home together.

Really Awesome Thing Three: Someone Who Is Always Just Overjoyed With Your Gifts

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A pile of stuffed toys? All for me? NOO! You didn’t!

The word “gifts” can cover a lot of ground to a dog. Remember when you got your mother-in-law that expensive wallet and she looked at it with disdain? Re-imagine that whole scenario but instead of a mother-in-law and brand name accessory, imagine a fantastic dog and a bite of pizza crust. No disdain here! Forget the Hope Diamond, a dog is happy with a toy hedgehog and that piece of egg that fell off the fork. Dogs teach us to re-think gratitude.

Really Awesome Thing Four: Rubber-Face and Unabashed Displays of Joy

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Yes, I seem to have forgotten my back half and my ears are defying gravity…but FUN!

Dogs don’t take selfies—they are too busy having fun to worry about trying to appear cool, excited, and beautiful while trying to hold a camera phone (plus they don’t have thumbs but that’s beside the point). Dogs don’t care if they look silly when they’re having fun. They don’t care if they have extra face skin that’s headed in all sorts of different directions, or if they’re smiling so big that their eyes appear to be located behind their ears. They’re just happy. All hail dogs. Can we take a lesson? Can we worry more about having fun than appearing to have fun?

Sure, life is stressful. Maybe you’re worked up over something—money or gas prices or something unbearably human. But if you’re a dog parent, you’ll get home and an awesome furry face will come barreling up because you coming home is the absolute best thing that’s happened to him all day. And at least for a little while, the world will look a little different. And that, my friends, that is a truly awesome thing.

Going into this holiday season it’s pretty clear: friends don’t let friends remain dog-less. We’re your friends. Let us help you find a dog. (Perhaps one of our rubber-faced, doppelgänger, life-loving grateful cover models?)

Know some friends thinking about getting a dog? We sell gift cards!

Know folks that love dogs but can’t have one and stymied on a holiday gift for them? Tribute cards!

I swear I heard someone say "pizza crust"....

I swear I heard someone say “pizza crust”….

More from Humane Society Silicon Valley:

We Can’t Find Any Shelter Dogs

¡Ay Chihuahua! California Shelters Battle Breed Overpopulation

Keeping Your Dog Happy When The Kids Are Back In School

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