Dogs can sure end up as our companions, can’t they?
They sense what we need and want, almost as we begin to consider it.
I mean, my dog can tell by the way I shift in my chair if I am going to get up or reach for a glass of water.
Mostly I think we enjoy the unconditional love and acceptance from one who is so eager to please.
Like Andy Andrews said – and I’m paraphrasing (Andrews said it in regard to his wife):
“Imagine how people would treat you if you treated them like their dog did.”
The whole thing makes me think of my old Blue.
Dogs are so perfectly suited to be our companions, it couldn’t have occurred by chance. They’re always glad to see us when we come home. They love us when we’re unlovable and forgive our every shortcoming. They have learned to fetch our birds, herd our livestock, guard our homes, and babysit our children. They teach us humility and make us laugh. When they die, they break our hearts and remind us of our own mortality.
-John Erickson, Story Craft (Amazon)