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Posted By Ann

If we look honestly at ourselves we must often admit that our behavior does not always compare favorably with our animal friends. We all yearn to be loved just for ourselves; not for our good looks, our brains, our status in the world or our material possessions. Dogs do not choose to love a person for any of the above qualities; they just love them for themselves. Alas we do not always return the compliment. We often choose a dog to love because of its good looks and/or its pedigree; even because it has cost us a lot of money, or worse, is a fashion statement.

We humans are often the recipients of complete trust from our animals. We have in many ways total power over their lives, even to the ultimate of life and death. It is to our shame that this is often abused. If you doubt this take a visit to your local animal shelter and walk down the rows of cages housing abandoned dogs, look into their eyes and see the pain and bewilderment, sometimes the hope that a beloved owner will come to the rescue. If you have ever had cause to rescue your own dog from such a situation you will have no doubt of the intensity of the emotion it feels. And if you have given a home to one of these unwanted souls you will have discovered the depth of the hurt, but such is dog nature that they almost invariably learn to love and trust again. Dogs don't hold grudges.

I never cease to be amazed at the way animals accept whatever life throws at them and just get on with living without wingeing and moaning. It is often possible to have a dog or cat go completely blind without it being obvious. Tammy my 15 yr.old Maltese is totally blind but otherwise remarkably fit. She copes wonderfully, providing I don't move furniture round too drastically and help her by rattling door handles, stamping my feet on the ground etc. She is as cheerful and friendly as  ever in spite of her handicap and the traumas she suffered in her early life. She was originally rescued from the local shelter; after four happy years in which she learned to love and trust again her world was once more torn apart, that was when I stepped in. She was then five years old. Never be afraid to take on a mature or even an old dog, they have so much love to give.

Most of us have met, if we haven't  actually had, cats and dogs who have lost a limb, once again they adapt and cope incredibly
well, making the most of  their life without complaint. If you have, or know of, a remarkable animal or have adopted an older one with great success share the   the story with us, meanwhile here's a thought; if your dog thinks you are wonderful – don't ask for a second opinion.




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