Humans don’t like being called a dog. I don’t know why. I think everyone who visits this site would agree that there are few things a human can be called that is better than a dog: Loyal, unconditionally loving, warm, funny, all the fine attributes of a dog, all attributes a human should aspire to.
So, on this Sunday, when I usually write about special dogs, I acknowledge our Moms, because they are loyal, love us unconditionally, keep us warm, do funny things, feed us, keep us clean, clean up after us and keep us healthy.
I know when we go somewhere like Petco, or the dog park, we are usually too overcome with smells and other dogs to listen to anything more than the basic commands. But if you do listen to our Moms you will find that what they talk about the most is us. And they are usually gushing over how much we mean to them, how well behaved we are, or, if not, how our bad behavior is charming.
If you ever doubt how much your Mom loves you then let something go wrong: have a loose stool, develop a limp, don’t eat a treat, then sit back and watch. They start out just a little concerned, then they convince themselves there is nothing wrong while constantly watching you, then you do something like trip or yawn and your Mom slowly starts to panic. A few minutes later she is searching Barney Google who gives her a long list of terrible things that might be wrong with you. After that she is fretting over you, hugging you, crying, praying, and making an appointment with the vet where she has to pay money she doesn’t have to find out that there is nothing wrong with you. And then you think they would be angry at you for separating them from their money for no reason, but instead they cry and are relieved that we are all right.
Everyone agrees that we give unconditional love but we get it in return. We may get even more than we give. Mommies may get upset with us for a short while when we do little things like have an accident, eat their dinner off the counter or destroy the couch, butt doesn’t last too long. But, if you are like me, and your Mommy stays out a long time, or feeds us late, o ir gives us a bath, you are a full snitzy dog for hours.
John Lennon wrote that the love you take is equal to the love you make, and I used to think that was only true with dogs, that we got the same amount of love as we gave, but, it being Mother’s Day, and on Mother’s Day all good children think of their Mom, I realized that Mom’s always give more love than they take even from us dogs who were put on this Earth to love them.
So this is for our Moms, the greatest people in the world, who never get back the love they make, although us little dogs certainly try as hard as we can. Bless you all.