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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Two Way Street

Don't you just love when your dog senses your needs without you asking for them to be met.  Those times they know before you do and are by your side at that precise moment only for you to realize they were just what you needed right then.  Those times when they seem to understand more than you can comprehend of how you are feeling and are there for comfort.  Aren't those some of the most precious times?

What about when it happens the other way around?

There are always times I don't feel I measure up to being a dog mom.  I have my faults and flaws just like anyone else and for so many years, all I ever saw was what dogs (and other animals) have given me.  When I realized through the death of one of my cats that I was giving to them as well.  They may be simple things, they may be huge, but absorbing their need for me is an on going awakening.  I'm talking about more than food and water, I'm talking that they need me to help them through life as much as I need them and what an amazing journey this two way street is between us.  I have always known that animals have helped me survive in so many different ways, but what I am still learning is how they help me survive not just because of my need for them, but of their need for me.  That is powerful.

I have been through some tough times in my life and have always known animals were there for me but what I didn't realize was I was there for them too.  While I will constantly be amazed by the bond, communication and connection that exist, knowing that I mean something more to them than a meal ticket gives my life a value I am only beginning to comprehend.  This value has given me an equality that I do not find anywhere else and I hold to preciously when the storms come.


sharkgila said...

They love you because you love them, and you love them because they love you. It's a neverending perfect circle!

Togo, Tagar & Gamby

Pamela said...

That's the great thing about humans and dogs evolving to live together. We need each other.

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Isn't that what love is all about?

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Berts Blog said...

I am so glad you found my blog cause now I found yours. What a great family you have.

Thanks so much for the awards, we are so excited about that.

My Vickie loves your Two Way Street post. She knows how true it is too.

Can't wait to read more.

Much Love

FANCY the Red Standard Poodle said...

Hi Y'all,

So well said with deep feeling. The animal Human relationship can be closer and more important to our own well being than any human to human one.

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

Kristine said...

Every time you talk about the amazing connection you have with your dogs, it pushes me to work harder to find it with Shiva. It's reassuring to know you make mistakes as well. As a perfectionist I can be hard on myself for screwing up. We are so lucky our dogs are so forgiving!

houndstooth said...

I think we give our dogs (or other pets) things that we don't realize. I'm pretty sure they wouldn't seek me out if they didn't want that extra connection they seem to feel when we're close. Each of mine seem to have a different reason for seeking it out, too!

White Dog Blog said...

Yes, it is astonishing how they ALWAYS seem to know a step before I do what I need, White Dog especially. But what has been so rewarding is discovering as we build the WDA and take in our troubled souls that need special understanding and love, that we CAN do the same in return. And in anticipating the need for a cuddle or reinforcement that we are easing unknown fears and opening the doors to trusting again for them.

Yas said...

It's a daily learning process! Isnt it blissful!


Melissa said...

I got goosebumps as I read your post. Very true!! Animals are amazing and the bonds we share with them are even more amazing. Jada and I learned many things together, teaching each other lessons along the way. Even though I have so much support in my life, I often feel alone but always look to Jada for that boost of self-esteem or self-respect. Sometimes it's that touch or lick from an animal that means more than any words or expression from a human. I'm so happy and blessed to have her in my life and I'm sure she feels the same about me. Thanks for opening up and sharing :)

Lavinia said...

You're right about the two-way street. I noticed that pooch needed me when she was sick, not just for the treatment, but also for the moral support. You're there for them and they are there for you too.