Have you ever gone to bed thinking how great it is that you get to sleep-in as long as you desire? Only to wake up at 6:00 am the next morning to licked-on fingers and a high pitched whining. Or how about coming home after a stressful day of work, only to find the trash can tumbled over with last night’s dinner smeared across your kitchen floor. Or even those smudge marks from little wet noses that constantly reside on your living room windows that overlook the driveway.
My life is full of wet fingers, dried food, and smudges…and I love it. The same faces that have those cold noses that nudge me every morning, also have these peering eyes that just make you want to wake up and play. The kitchen floor can be cleaned knowing that they now had a taste of what they no doubt had plenty of last night anyway. And those smudges; though they can be cleaned with a little Windex and a rag, represent a day’s worth of longing and anticipation of waiting for mom or dad to walk in the front door.
No matter how bad the day went, a wagging tail was sure to greet you. It doesn’t matter how many tricks they know (...or don’t know...), or how good they are at bringing the stick back from a game of fetch. It’s that quirky personality that just makes you laugh as if the silly things were done on purpose. I can’t be sure, but I have a feeling my dogs understand English, and they speak back through their eyes.
Word of advice for dog owners: If you ever need advice without hearing someone lecture, just look at your dog. If you ever have a bad, stressful, sad, frustrating, or an all around no-good-grumpy day, just look at your dog. I mean stare into those eyes…they will tell you everything you need to know.
Advice for non-dog owners: I am completely aware of the fact that I sound nuts. I’m sorry you don’t know what I’m talking about...go out and get one, and then re-read my blog.