Today is National Love People Day aka Coconut Day. For those who don’t know that my dog’s name is Coconut that might not make sense. But once you figure out that piece of the puzzle it all makes sense.
If you have ever owned a dog you know that they have the capacity for the kind of unconditional love that is similar to that between parent and child. Except for teenagers. Teenagers fall into a different category but eventually, things usually fall into place and life is good again.
But I digress. Back to dogs and their love of people.
American author, columnist, and humorist Bruce Cameron is famous for his novel A Dog’s Purpose, which spent nineteen weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. I love what he says about his main characters in all of his books. “My main characters are the sunniest, happy, optimistic, loving creatures on the face of the Earth. I couldn’t be happier that’s where I start. I can put as many flawed people in the dog’s world as I like, but the dog doesn’t care. The dog doesn’t judge, the dog doesn’t dislike. The dog loves. That’s not so bad.”
Humans are flawed in many ways. I know I am. Yet my dog doesn’t judge my weight, my neurosis, we all have those in our own way, he doesn’t judge me when I am sad or when I choose to not get dressed all day and stay on the sofa and read. I can be the polar opposite of my dog and he still loves me more than himself. And isn’t that the purest form of love?
Wildlife photographer Roger A. Caras says, “Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.”
From the honest to the funny to the poignant there’s a reason why there are thousands of quotes between men and dogs and why dogs are rightfully called man’s best friends.
The happiest part of my job and I know it’s this way for everyone at NEW PAWSibilities is connecting people and dogs. When we rescue a dog it’s always with the thought of who will adopt them and how will life change for all concerned. We know that the dog will finally have enough food and a place to sleep. They might get an exercise routine or a boatload of toys. They might get canine siblings. But whatever the dogs get out of the deal his people get much, much more because they get a dog’s love.
When my husband and I were first dating he’d call me and as we neared the ending of a phone conversation I’d say I loved him. He’d come back with, “I love you more.” And we’d go back and forth until one of us eventually hung up. The one who hung up first was deemed to the love the other less. Silly, right?
I tell my dog I love him more. I don’t need any sounds from him to know that it’s a battle I will never, ever win nor do I want to be the victor. We are both secure in our relationship. He loves me more and I am everything in his life. And that’s wonderful for both of us.
Right now we have some truly spectacular dogs who are filled with so much love and all they want to do is to find their person to love. Food, housing, vet care, and are all important things for our rescue dogs. But the number one thing that makes a good dog a great dog is having someone to love. That’s just how they are wired.
If you’ve been looking to add to your pack we just might have your perfect dog waiting for you. Why not come in so that you can celebrate National Love People Day. You’ll be your dog’s reason for everything he does from now on. And what could be better than that?