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Dog proves to be a ‘best friend’

December 25, 2012

My wife and I have a little dog who will be 13 today. What a joy she is to two old folks whose children are all out in various parts of the country pursuing their lives....

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Regelski

Mar-12-13 2:02 PM

I echo your sentiment. In many ways dogs are not only our best friends but our most honest friends. Nothing about most dogs is dishonest: if they approve, they show it. If not, they show it. Assuming a dog with a 'normal' temperament, they teach us what is really important in life: a lifelong attachment that works in boh directions. I don't want to get into anthropomorphizing dogs as though they were humans, and that "love" 'means' the same thing to them as to humans (all of which is arguable but irrelevant) but there can be NO DOUBT that they are attachd to us, and us to them, in ways that contribute to the lives of both humans and dogs. Adopt a dog. You'll be amazed, if you can get through the first days of adjustment. Then, they are yours, and you are their focus in life--even beyond food, which is a preoccupation of the clan.

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Regelski

Mar-12-13 2:13 PM

I echo your sentiment. In many ways dogs are not only our best friends but our most honest friends. Nothing about most dogs is dishonest: if they approve, they show it. If not, they show it. Assuming a dog with a 'normal' temperament, they teach us what is really important in life: a lifelong attachment that works in both directions. I don't want to get into anthropomorphizing dogs as though they were humans, and that "love" 'means' the same thing to them as to humans (all of which is arguable but irrelevant, but there can be NO DOUBT that they are attached to us, and us to them, in ways that contribute to the lives of both humans and dogs. Adopt a dog. You'll be amazed, if you can get through the first days of adjustment. Then, they are yours, and you are their focus in life--even beyond food, which is a preoccupation of the clan. But they need and give attention.

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