a home without a dog is just a house

“A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water logged stick will do just fine. A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he’ll give you his. How many people can you say that about? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary?” 

We received the little plaque pictured above as a gift at the weekend, and hung it up above our dog’s “sofa”. Coco was taking a snooze earlier and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for a photo and a soppy blog post as I sit here with Coco on my lap and Frankie laying across my feet keeping them warm. 

It got me thinking. I’ve grown up around these beautiful creatures and all my life dogs have been a part of our family. I couldn’t imagine coming home and not having a dog run up to me and be so unbelievably happy that I’m home! Even if it’s just popping to the shops for 5 minutes, they will still act as though we are being reunited after years. It’s the best feeling. 

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” 

Dogs can teach us a lot. To appreciate the little things in life, like a walk in the park or taking a long nap in the sun. But mostly, they can teach us about friendship, trust, selflessness and abiding loyalty. A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.

The only bad thing about owning a dog, is that it will ultimately end in sadness because unfortunately dogs don’t live as long as people do, but the amount of love and happiness they bring make it awfully easy to forget that fact. 

“No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships are as free from strife, disagreement, and frustration as is the relationship you have with a good dog. Few human beings give of themselves to another as a dog gives of itself. I also suspect that we cherish dogs because their unblemished souls make us wish – consciously or unconsciously – that we were as innocent as they are, and make us yearn for a place where innocence is universal and where the meanness, the betrayals, and the cruelties of this world are unknown.” 

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