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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
What is Your Relationship to Your Dog?
Most of my post are fairly serious in nature, as you may have noticed. BOL! The reason: childhood trauma survived by the love of a dog. If it wasn't for my mom's dog and those that were to follow, I don't know how far I would have made it in life and I guess I take that kind of relationship pretty seriously. Dogs have saved my life more than once.
I believe everything with a dog and other animals is about relationship and the equality that exist between humans and animals. Every day I find a deeper way to connect and bond, co-habituating with these beautiful creatures. The unconditional love they give is unmatched and their forgiveness is astounding. I never tire of it. I could write books about the give and take that happens communicating with these being on a primal level as well as rising together on an emotional and intellectual level. It can be mind-blowing and very humbling at the same time.
I have been told I have a gift, being able to communicate with my dogs, but I don't believe it is any different from any other relationship I have. I have just found that animals are more responsive to me than humans. We seem to understand each other. There are givens, like they don't judge or criticize, but it is deeper than that. I found freedom and power when I gave up the notion that they are so different from us and are so difficult to understand and read. I found that they think and feel more like us than not. Do I understand everything? No, nobody is meant to know it all, but I believe it is a growing and learning experience, just like any relationship. Just as my ideas and beliefs have changed over the years, I believe dogs evolve along with us.
What a fascinating journey that we are able to experience and sharing in it together.
How has your dog changed the way you view him/her and your relationship together? Have you found that your ideas or beliefs about dogs have changed as you have grown together? Has your relationship with your dog ever made you question stereotypical beliefs that you or someone else may have had about your bond with your dog?