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Why We Need Dogs

Marlene Geiser

Posted on February 26, 2018 21:37

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Dogs understand us better than we know. Unlike many humans, our dear furry friends demand little and give much.

From the days when I was a little girl, a dog has always been there to serve as my friend. Looking back at my life, I can remember many furry creatures who helped fill my days and brought joy to my heart. The people who live in the building where I reside have many dog friends that are extremely important to them, as most of them live alone.

Although dogs don't speak the same language that we do, they are intuitive creatures who appear to feel when we need a loving lick. No, we can't have a conversation with our beloved animals, but they understand far more than we realize. One has to wonder why human beings become so attached to their dogs. Perhaps it's because dogs appear to respond to our love and ask very little of us but food, a walk and place to sleep.

As I look back at the dogs who have been part of my life, I remember quite a few. The first was a black Cocker Spaniel called Major Boy. As an only child, Major was always there when I was alone. He and I spent hours on my floor just lying there together and enjoying one another's company. Unfortunately, he didn't live as long as I would have wished, passing on my tenth birthday. However, the time we spent as friends will stay with me always.

A dog who meant the world to me while my children were growing up was a Basset Hound named Ami. She brought joy into my life daily, and I remember lying on the kitchen floor and hearing her repeat the words "I love you" as I said them to her. At one point we thought we might lose her, but thanks to a wonderful veterinarian, she survived to give us a few more years of the special love that brought joy every day. Each time I see a picture of such a dog, I think of her and thank God for bringing her into our little world.

Another wonderful animal who affected my life more than I can possibly describe belonged to my present husband, and was a marvelous gift that came along with our relationship. This dog was named Schtarker. He was a Golden Retriever, and one of the best kissers I have ever known. When I remember him, I can see his wonderful furry red body and the smile that always seemed to be on his face. As I think of him, I also remember his companion, a dog named Princess. She was an Alaskan Malamute, and she and Schtarker shared a relationship, and seeing them together tells a story of its own. Their obvious love for one another was unforgettable.

How can one not recognize an undeniable truth? Loving dogs is an irreplaceable experience that no one should miss. I have been so blessed. 

 

Marlene Geiser

Posted on February 26, 2018 21:37

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