Many people know that you can teach dogs to do tricks (even old dogs), but did you know we can learn from dogs? Here is what I’ve learned from eleven years with my wonderful dog Lucy.
1. I've learned what unconditional love means. Lucy loved us so perfectly, and was completely loyal, no matter what. If only we humans could love one another like that! I believe we can.
2. I've learned how to be there for someone, and just silently love them, when they are having a hard time. Lucy was always there for me, in good times and bad. She was present, saying nothing (well, she can't talk), just loving me. Her companionship was comforting to me. Let us comfort one another with our presence in good times and bad.
3. I've learned what total trust means. Lucy trusted me totally and without reservation. That is how God wants us to trust him. If Lucy can do it, I can do it. And so can you.
4. I've learned to greet others with a smile and a pleasant word. Lucy did it with the waggiest tail ever, greeting me when I got up every morning, and when I'd get home from anywhere. If I was gone for 5 minutes or 5 days, I got the same exuberant welcome. She would make whining, crying sounds to let me know how much she missed me. Can we be that kind to one another? We don't have tails to wag, but we can smile at one another.
5. I've learned a ride in the car can be truly exciting, no matter where you are going. Lucy loved to ride in the car. She even enjoyed her last ride to the vet's office. She wagged her tail to the very end. Let us be joyful and never forget that life is an adventure, a gift. Thank God for each and every day, every moment.
6. I've learned that love hurts. It was so hard to say goodbye to her. It was the right thing to do to end her suffering, but it still hurts. I miss her terribly.
7. I've learned that dogs have a great capacity for love. And I believe they go to heaven despite what the theologians say. Creatures with that much love in their hearts must go to heaven!
What have you learned from your dog? Leave your story n the comments.