Published November 20, 2010 by Hemlock

Dogs, are not for everyone, that’s for sure. However, if you are a dog person, they can add so much joy to your life. I got to thinking about what makes them such wonderful pets, and this is what I came up with:

1. They’re stable. Most dogs don’t seem to suffer mood swings. You always know what to expect. In addition, there’s no contradictory body language you need to decipher. Their mood is plainly written on their face, and the wag of the butt.

2. Unconditional love. I don’t care what anyone says. Humans are not capable of this. There are always conditions to whatever humans do. With dogs, it doesn’t matter what you look like, what you smell like, what your sexuality is, how much money you make, or what your mood is. Even if you are an animal abuser, they always seem to assume the best about everyone.

3. They’re empathic. The debate about emotions and dogs has gone on for years. As far as I’m concerned, dogs understand and experience emotions to at least a limited extent. Studies are beginning to show that dogs are capable of reading a human’s emotion via the face. I completely agree with this sentiment. Dogs always seem know when you’re sad or angry, and always seem to do just the right thing. We’ve bred them to be our companions, and I think that whether it be accident or design, we’ve bred the ability for empathy into them.

There are a million other reason to own a dog and have them take part in your life, but those are the three that are the most important to me. There are downsides, of course. There are downsides to everything. With pets, the most noticeable is their lifespan is short when compared to ours.

You know what, though? It’s worth it. I don’t regret, for a single moment, the three years I had with my dog Tsuki. To this day, I still don’t understand how her original owners could have abandoned her. There was some thought that she may have been abused due to her fear of men (took her quite a while to warm up to my husband). We won’t ever know and there’s really no use in dwelling on it. What I do know, though, is that she was an absolutely amazing animal who brought love and light into my life. Always someone to turn to, and never had to worry about her not being there.

She’s been gone now for almost a year. Last November she began to show signs of illness, and what turned out to be intestinal lymphoma. After almost a month of fighting, we finally had to make the decision to give her peace. It wasn’t easy then, and now that the anniversary of her passing is quickly approaching, it isn’t easy now. I find that everything reminds me of her, and the first snow of the season was very bittersweet. You see, she loved the snow. It didn’t matter how cold or tired she was, she was never too cold or tired to make snow balls and chase them down the hill, or simply enjoy the fluffy whiteness.


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