Every so often you hear a miraculous story of a dogs undying love and bravery. Whether it is a Mother Dog rescuing her pups from a fire or a military service dog saving the lives of soldiers, there is always something so uplifting and inspiring about these animals.
Although the stories are fascinating, Your dog certainly doesn’t have to do anything miraculous to be considered your best friend and hero. I find that no matter how awful my day has been, the “happy parade” that takes place when my dogs greet me immediately puts a smile on my face and warm love in my heart. They make me laugh and can always calm my anxious mind.
In everyday life, dogs teach us so much about unconditional love, forgiveness, and loyalty. The most important lesson they have taught me is the grace and love that takes place in letting them go when the time comes. Although painfully sad, loving them through the end is the least I can do for something that has devoted their life to me. At some point, we all have to say goodbye to our best friend. However, the love and appreciation I have for their life has done nothing but expand the capacity of my heart to love. So, there is infinitely more room to love the next best friend that comes along. And I like to think that is what they would want me to do should they no longer be part of my world.
I know that in ‘my’ heaven, I will be surrounded by all the animals I have loved during my lifetime and what a glorious day that will be! A place without them will certainly not be heaven to me. I have learned so much from all of them that I truly believe Dogs are, quite simply, Angels on Earth.
What are some of the greatest lessons you have learned from your pets?