Well, I'm just going to say it...we have six awesome dogs. There's just no getting around it. The last couple of weeks it has felt like the whole year has caught up with me and has run me into the ground. I just haven't been able to do the normal things like walks or extra playtime and for some reason the dogs have accepted that. How do they do that? How can they just know and not pester me for more attention? When I need something I have a hard time sitting idle and being patient, but they seem to understand. They don't fuss or whine or complain or get angry, they just wait for me. They are just there by my side, enjoying our time together, whatever that entails. It is like they have slowed right down with me. It is difficult not to feel bad or guilty, but they seem to be taking it stride.
The acceptance level that dogs have simply amazes me. Their intuition is astounding. Their understanding is beyond comprehension. Six dogs that are taking care of me more than I can take care of them at this time. In this quiet understanding I find myself reflecting at how incredible they all are, the progress they have all made, and the promises of the future. There is a reason dogs are man's best friend. There is a reason these creatures of the wild are domesticated for human companionship and the fact that if I never had another scrap of food for them they would still love and be there for me.
I have discovered that that love goes both ways. I actually discovered the relationship of love after my first cat died. I never fully understood what my love did for her. I was always focused on what her love meant to me. I had never fully realized the impact my love had on her and that it was more than just providing food and shelter. She was the first one who taught me this give and take connection and opened my world further into having a true relationship with my animals. I have always been aware of how they are changing my life but it is like a brand new discovery to realize I am changing theirs. I find myself humbled that my love means something to them.
It is these relationships that have taught me the most about myself and how we are all intertwined and the real beauty of love between all creatures.
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