Pet parents will often say something like, “I love my dog because they love me unconditionally.” And we certainly feel grateful for our dog’s love. Dogs are also very loyal to the end toward their humans. A dog’s love and loyalty are just two of the priceless gifts they give freely to their human family. Seeing our dogs through a lens of gratitude will grow our bond with them.
Pet Parent Question:
“As a dog lover I cannot imagine my life without my dog, and yet I know the day will come when he will no longer be here. What are some things I can do to make the best of this time with my dog?”
I am sure you are already doing many wonderful things with your dog. I believe the thing our dogs want most from us is our time intentionally spent with them. Not merely attention but quality time being and doing life together. Make a list of all the things you are grateful for about your dog. Then make a list of all the things your dog likes to do and things you like to do. Now you can match up what you love most about your dog with what you might love most doing with your dog. Enjoy the journey.
Donna Chicone is an award-winning author, TEDx speaker and advocate for dogs. She lives in Woodbury.