Tuesday, April 17, 2007
How much is that doggie in the window?
London, ON, April 2007
I'm posting this tonight because Carli is absolutely right: the world needs more wiggly puppies. Here goes...
There are so many really nice things about having a dog (see here for an early observation.) The one that stands out for me is the greeting. Coming home will never be the same now that there's a wiggling, happy, fur-covered animal on the other side of the door.
What strikes me is the unconditional nature of the greeting. It doesn't matter how lousy your day has been or the mood that you're in. Your dog will be just as happy to see you no matter how dark that cloud over your head is. When you get inside and hug the now-insane animal in a vain attempt to get him to calm down, you realize that whatever it was that got you down in the first place really doesn't matter so much after all.
Here, Frasier waits for his mommy to get to the door. Note the relative peace with which he sits. He hasn't seen her yet.
Your turn: Why does a happy greeting - pet, human, whatever - matter so much to us? Can a pet heal the world?