There is more to owning a canine companion than how well behaved they are. They have many needs and are an adaptable and amazing creature. When you consider sharing your life with a dog, what do you envision? Do you see an echo of Lassie? A replica of Wishbone?...Maybe a fascinating mix of Rin Tin Tin and Old Yeller. Each of the dogs I just mentioned were amazing and helped to shape today’s attitude, perception and expectations of a canine companion. But the reality that most people get is somewhere between John Grogan’s Marly and that Lassie ideal.
Dogs are an investment, and I am not referring to a monetary one, they are an investment of time, effort, patience, love and your future. In the world we live in today a dog is sometimes a commodity one that is easy to purchase and even easier to dispose of, and being a society where instant gratification is a priority and quick easy and efficient results a mandatory. Dogs are the curve ball.
Dogs are not born being Lassy or Wishbone, dogs are as individual as you or I they have habits and feelings, humor and frustration.... no two are ever exactly alike, they are not perfect, they are not cookie-cutter, they are flawed....and this to me means they are beautiful!
Wow what a dog can teach you, the lessons and miles they can take you, the joy and inspiration they can inspire...dogs are truly an amazing and unique creature and they put up with us. They love us, they enjoy us, they find us fascinating, and fun. So when you take a step back and look at that couch that now is an explosion of fabric and fluff, those shoes that now show teeth marks and drool it’s time to put aside that Lassie ideal and embrace our dogs inner Marly.
We encourage our daughters to look at societies perception of beauty and then reach inside of themselves and embrace the beauty that is all theirs, we encourage our sons to strive to do better but to really understand that what they have already done is good enough, so why don’t we do the same with our dogs, why not enjoy their quirks, laugh when we want to cry at their antics and appreciate them for their ability to take life and ring it for every ounce of joy it has.....that doesn’t mean that we can’t help them to become better, that we can’t guide them a little closer to our ideals, but we should never expect them to conform to a cookie cutter image but rather to evolve into their own version of perfect with us beaming proudly behind them.