Almost daily I read about dogs finding a lost child or fending off wild animals to save their owner. Sometimes it’s at the expense of their lives. In one case, a dog who fought off a snake attacking a baby, died after being bitten. (I know “who” should be “that” but I consider dogs one of us.)
One of my favorite photos is a military dog parachuting out of a plane wearing “doggles” and a bullet proof vest on the way to a top secret and dangerous mission. They get shot and can suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder like humans. In fact, doctors are now teaming dogs and humans both suffering from PTSD to help each other recover. Amazingly, the only payment dogs receive for risking their life is a bowl of kibble and a scratch behind the ears
When my sister was going through daily radiation treatment for cancer, the only thing she looked forward to was a visit from the service dog in the waiting room. He was always happy to see her, wagging his tail and nuzzling her leg. One day he was so enthusiastic with his wags that his tail knocked over a drink on a nearby table. Many patients chuckled or smiled at his well-meaning antics. Sometimes in the midst of a fight for life, comic relief is best.
Eager to please, dogs also entertain us. One of my favorites is Ashleigh and her dog, Pudsey, dancing on Britain’s Got Talent. Even Simon Cowell stood up and applauded at the finish of their routine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGt_6foIZDU&feature=related
When we finally add a dog to the family I will be honored to work hard to take care of her. I also hope to learn better work habits from my future dog so I can focus and give it my all until the job is done. So, remember, if anyone calls you a dog or some variant of the word, be very proud!
What have you learned from your dog?