Naturally, I was offended by his joke because I took it quite personally. And I certainly would have been angry with him for locking me in the trunk. But as time went by, I started comparing the way humans respond to life events and the way a dog responds.
Dogs know how to live in the moment. They aren’t worried about what happened yesterday, and they have no concept about what is going to happen tomorrow. My dog responds to various commands and sometimes seems to be able to read my mind as to when I’m going to leave. He knows he’ll get a treat once he goes into his crate. He doesn’t worry about how long I’ll be gone, because I always return, let him out, and love him. That’s all he cares about. If he’s running around the pool, chasing a ball in the yard, or waiting for his command to eat dinner, he’s fully present. Dog’s don’t waste any time worrying about anything.
As with my boyfriend’s joke, dogs don’t hold it against you if you are angry about something and yell at them. Only human beings seem to be capable of holding a grudge against another. And that kind of activity can be wearing on us.
Dogs live enthusiastically. Whether you want to play ball or go for a hike, my dog responds with great enthusiasm. As we start our hike, I watch my dog’s body language. He’s so happy to be walking beside me, sniffing all the new smells there are as we hike along. Pretty soon, I’m smiling and smelling right alongside him. Being outside in nature is so relaxing and healing.
Every now and again, I miss a mat on my dog and the only way to manage it is to cut it out, leaving him looking a little funny and lopsided. He doesn’t care. He still feels the same, and responds to life in the exact same way. If I could just accept myself in the same way, I know that I would live a happier life. It would be nice to not worry about what I look like to other people. If I love and accept myself, other people don’t seem to mind what I look like. It’s as if they see the true person I am deep inside.
Dogs are loyal, dependable, and they love unconditionally. Learning to live life more like a dog is an excellent way to change the way we live our own lives. I would like to be as pleasant to be around as my dog is for me.