Props: To all the tail-waggling, ball chasing, bone chewing, furry friends: thank you for loving us.
Before I begin this article, I’d like to point out that I asked my dog, Gracie, for inspiration, but she just lay back down and sighed.
My whole life, my family has had a pet dog. Though, they may have only been a part of our lives for a short time, we were there for their entire lives. In fact, we were their lives. Domesticating dogs is singlehandedly the smartest thing humans have ever done, and humans do pretty smart things. I mean, we invented pop tarts and that’s nothing short of genius.
Having a furry family member makes life so much better. Every time I come home, my pooch is sprinting to the door to greet me with the goofiest smile on her slobbery face, and it is quite possibly the best thing ever. All she wants is a belly rub or two, and maybe the throw of a tennis ball.
I could not imagine living a life where all I wanted to was for my master to come home and rub my “sweet spot.”
Domesticated dogs live to please you. All they want is to make you happy. They know what emotion you are feeling at any given moment, and they react accordingly. What do cats do? Nothing. They suck. They just lick their paw and stare at the wall. I’m not a hater, just a realist. I don’t have time for anything that hides under the bed for two days. I didn’t even know my cousins had a cat until it died.
Anyway, I’m not here to argue cats vs. dogs, I’m here to praise the existence of our beloved pooches. If you have never had a dog, do me a favor and watch the 1997 classic, “Airbud.” I mean, when the evil clown takes Buddy away from Josh, his whole life comes spiraling down. However, fate has a funny way of connecting us to what really matters and at once, a boy and his dog are reunited. Not only did Josh’s team win the big game, but Josh gained new friends and the experience of a lifetime… thanks to his pet dog, that is.
I think it’s safe to say that my dog is my soul mate. Although she can only understand about ten words I say to her, I know that she knows that I love her and think of her as a part of my family. So if you are fortunate enough to have your very own pet-mate (as I like to call it… starting now), make sure you give him or her an extra Milkbone, or an extra belly rub tonight because somewhere, right now, they’re waiting for you to come home.
And I guess if you only have a cat, you can give it some catnip or whatever.