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Why We Love Dogs Unconditionally

By Sarah Baker

Dogs allow us to have relationships and responsibility without being in a human relationship. They allows us to love and learn to love unconditionally. I believe that dogs are good vessels for teaching us to love. Also, they give us what we need without forcing us into something that maybe we are not ready for (human love). Dogs have a unique ability to get us ready for future relationships. 

A Dog’s View of You

Unlike significant others, dogs do not talk back. When you are having a rough day or just need to vent, a dog will just sit there and listen, most likely while you rub their stomach and pat their head. They will offer you snuggles and not try to “fix” everything you are complaining about. Sometimes, you just need someone to listen and a dog is perfect for that. 

With a dog, you are given unconditional love, affection, and loyalty. They are not going to stop loving you, giving you affection, or leave you. They will stay with you forever, no matter what.

Unlike other people in your life, dogs are always happy to see you, even if you are having a bad day. If you come home in a mood from having a terrible day, a dog won’t complain because you aren’t making dinner fast enough or that you’re in a bad mood. They will greet you at the door, happy to see you and ready to make your bad mood just fade away. He is more than happy to jump in your lap and cuddle your bad day away.

You don’t have to reveal your past to a dog. A dog doesn’t care about the mistakes you’ve made. A dog doesn’t care about your past transgressions, he only cares about you in the moment now. He doesn’t care if you are wearing sweats and no make-up, he doesn’t care if you have gained a few pounds, and he certainly doesn’t care how much money you make. 

A dog always seems to know if something just isn’t right with you and will provide comfort to you without asking for answers. They will just sit in your lap and shower you will love. Dogs are relentless in love despite our behavior. They pass no judgment on us and have no agenda.

My Dog, Opie

My dog’s name is Opie. He is the cutest little ball of fur. He is my family. When I come home from work, he is always waiting for my by the door and as soon as I open it, he is trying to jump into my arms. When I’m sitting on my couch, he is a constant staple in my lap. In fact, as I am writing this, he is sitting in my lap and on my computer wanting to be close to me. No matter what kind of day I have at work, he immediately makes me feel better. He doesn’t know or care what has happened to me during the day, all he knows is that he wants to shower me with attention and wants me to reciprocate. Whenever I go out, if I’m going somewhere he can go, he goes with me. He loves car rides. He also loves to cuddle with me at night. He runs up the stairs every night and hops into my bed. He snuggles up to me and falls asleep, in which he insists that his body touches mine in some way throughout the night. He is my baby and he shows me unconditional love and I show him that in return. Over the years, I have been through a lot with my relationships. Sometimes it’s hard for me to open up and love people, but with Opie, it was simple. I feel like dogs open us up in order to allow us to learn to love and be loved. 

My Dog Opie 
Maybe a Dog’s Life is the Way to be

For some of us, it’s hard to love and to let love in. If we approach and think about love in terms of how we love our dogs, it might make things easier for us and might allow us to love like we should, without fear or regret. Dogs don’t reject us, cause us pain, or disappoint us like humans do. Dogs don’t care about any of that, they just care about living and loving in the moment. If we can approach life and love like a dog, in terms of listening, loving, caring, supporting and comforting, then maybe we would all be happier and able to let love in.

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