I have been around a lot of dogs in my life. And yet, they
never cease to amaze me with their capacity for all of the
best traits we would love to see in each other. For a while
I thought I had just had the incredible good fortune to have encountered
a few outstanding individuals. I mean, I have seen
my share of dogs that are "problem dogs," untrained and unpleasant
to be around. But, the dogs that have been members of my family
have had something about them. Something that made them seem
like real beings capable of much more than a simple
submissive role. They actually had something to contribute to
the family, and they were given the opportunity to express themselves
and become the true friends they wanted to be.
Now that I am finally owned by the Basset Hound I have dreamed of
for 15 years I am starting to realize that perhaps there was not
as much "special" about our dogs as I originally thought. Perhaps
every dog has that spark of greatness in them, and it is up
to us to nurture it... or to tie it out in the back yard and throw
really bad kibble at it until even the greatest spirit would shrivel.
What are you still doing reading this, go hug your dog!!
(or better yet take them for a romp in the park!)