Recently I watched a documentary on Public Television about the relationship between man and his pets,namely dogs and cats.
I have three dogs ,they are rescues., All the dogs I've had were discarded or abused or let go .They are the best friends I have, because they don't care what I look like,how much money I have, if my house is small or large, they are with me no matter what.They don't judge me or criticize me. They truly accept me for who I am. I remember after my house was destroyed by hurricane Andrew,my two dogs at the time didn't care,that I was homeless. When I couldn't find a place to stay with them I decided to come back into my home,even though it was deemed unsafe. No hot water,no electricity,a makeshift roof by a caring soul,a small ,folding bed borrowed from a friend.
It was November and cold. The plastic replacing the roof was making so much noise during the night and when it rained ,the only place dry was where the bed was.
The three of us huddled together on that bed, I still don't know how we did it, because ,the bed was pretty narrow.They were by my side though through thick and thin.
All the pet owners in the film had such a wonderful connection to either their dog or cat and it gave me such pleasure to see grown up men showing so much love and tenderness toward their pets.
The expert trainer in the film explained,that cats appeal to our mind side and dogs to our emotional side. And she explained that the way we treat our pet has a lot to do with our personality.A husband and wife had a complete different relationship with their dog.The dog could get away with anything by him, but as soon as the wife came home,she imposed rules and the dog obeyed. By asking questions the trainer found out,that the husband was the middle child and loved to be carefree and the wife was the oldest of her siblings and had to be the responsible one.
There was one man that explained that he was saved from drinking himself to death because of his cat. While he was drinking himself to destruction for hours,no matter what ,when he opened the door,the cat was sitting there waiting for him.The cat cared about him drunk or not and this act of unconditional love
made him decide to stop drinking and get his life together.
The pleasure my dogs give me some people might not understand and I can't explain it and it is ok..My two males are by my side no matter where I am, When I am taking a shower,one of them is lying in front of the shower door until the sound of the running water stops. When I am in the kitchen they are lying right there watching me. For me the only difference with us humans is,that they cannot talk with words,but when you really care about your animal friend you can understand them perfectly.They love you for who you are,unconditionally. It touches me very deeply,when I see a homeless person walking with his dog.The dog doesn't care,that they live under a bridge,he just loves this man and stays by his side no matter what.The joy my dogs give me daily is a priceless gift.