This is my view every morning. The rear end of a Siberian Husky. Beautiful. The curly tail and fluffy bum. There really is no better sight! A curious head looking over the shoulder every now and again to make sure the human hasn’t gotten lost or done a runner. Getting a dog is such a huge commitment. I’m up at the crack of dawn every morning to walk my now one year old Siberian Husky. Come rain or shine, without fail, we’re out the door by 6am for a mile long walk. Some mornings when it’s freezing cold and the rain is pouring, I have to be honest, I just don’t want to go for a walk. But I persevere because I’m not doing it for me – I’m doing it for Vhagar. I love how he doesn’t care what the weather is like, he’s always raring to go, jumping up at the door and pacing around from the moment I say the W word. I really admire his get up and go attitude.
On this particular morning, the weather is glorious! Right now I think we both feel as if we could walk forever. Spring is starting to turn into summer. The mornings are lighter and the days are getting longer. The temperature is starting to pick up and in the cool dew of the morning we feel refreshed, awake and ready to tackle the day. On mornings like this, it’s easy to get lost in your thoughts. Putting one foot in front of the other and you’re mind is allowed to wonder. It’s not like the rest of the day where you get so busy that you don’t have time to stop and ponder. I suppose I get up at this ridiculous hour because I know I need to walk Vhagar, but it’s also nice for me to walk as well. I guess in that way, Vhagar helps me. Because of him, I’m allowed this opportunity in the morning to get lost in my mind. I get to reflect on yesterday as well as think about and plan for the day ahead of me. I’m not usually one for posts like this, but I want to take a moment to stop and reflect on how pets help us. WARNING. Unless your a pet person, this is all going to sound super crazy, but there’s a lot we can learn from our pets.
They’re Such Happy Beings
When you come back home, they’re always happy to see you. Even if you’ve only been gone for half an hour, they’re ecstatic! I don’t know about you guys, but Vhagar always has this silly little smile on his face. Some people say that dogs can’t smile and I honestly think that they couldn’t be more wrong. Some people say they’re “just dogs” and it makes me feel so insulted. Studies have proven that dogs are sentient beings, capable of complex feelings and thought processes.
They Don’t Hold Grudges
When Vhagar was a puppy, he was forever being popped on the nose or sent into time out to correct his behaviour. It’s a necessary process with any puppy. They need to learn what’s acceptable and what isn’t. They aren’t born knowing not to pee on the rug. But after Vhagar had been told off, he didn’t sulk around, give me the stank eye or the silent treatment. He was never angry at me and he’s never held a grudge. Our pets are so quick to forgive us and I think we absolutely take it for granted. Even our friends and partners aren’t that quick to forgive us.
They Love Unconditionally
This is kind of the same point as above, but I’ll make it anyway. From the minute you bring a dog into your life, you become their entire universe. It’s a little sad when you think about it, but you’re all your pets have. Without you they wouldn’t get fed, have toys to play with or get to go outside. Our pets look to us for pretty much everything – whether we realise it or not. And therefore, they love us. Absolutely and unconditionally. Anyone who says that animals aren’t capable of love clearly has never had a pet.
They Don’t Stress About The Little Things
The only time I’ve seen Vhagar stressed out is when me and my partner aren’t around. And for him, thats a huge reason to get stressed out. But when his dinner is a little late, or his walk isn’t exactly on time or he gets disturbed in his sleep, he doesn’t seem to stress about it. I’m extremely guilty of stressing over the little things, but Vhagar has shown me that there’s no need. It doesn’t get me anywhere.
They’re Content With Every Meal And Treat
Personally, I’m sick of this culture that says we have to watch what we eat. Everything is ‘Low Calorie” and Zero Percent Fat”. Anything is good for us in moderation with regular exercise. Vhagar eats whatever he is given and is thankful for a decent hearty meal – And he always goes nuts for treats. The culture we live in tells us we can’t have this or that and is also crazy wasteful when it comes to food. Unless your dog is really ill, they’ll gobble up every last morsel in their bowl. What I’m trying to say is this. Don’t worry too much about what you eat. When you’re old you’ll just look back and wish you’d had that slice of cake.
They Don’t Care What Anyone Thinks About Them
Racism, sexims and prejudice do not existing in a dogs world. They don’t care the color of your fur. They just want to make friends with everyone. Dogs also don’t feel embarrassed or worry about what others think of them. If they want to role in the dirt, they role in the dirt. If that want to run and jump, well then they’ll do just that. All without a second thought as to what anyone else will think about them. Our society has created a world full of self conscious people and sometimes it’s so extreme and stifling. It’s so cliche but sometimes we just need to sing like no one’s listening and dance like no one’s watching.
They Enjoy The Simple Things In Life
Dog take great pleasure in the simple things like going for a walk, cuddling up with loved ones and a having a good ol’ belly scratch. So why can’t we? We take so much for granted. Our eyesight, our hearing and overall health. Our family and friends. I think we all need to be better at taking pleasure in the little things and showing more appreciation for what we do have, instead of envying what we don’t.