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A Dog's Unconditional Love Is Transforming

They are never ashamed of us, they never stab us in the back, and they are there for us in the biggest time of need.

Some people say that dogs don’t love; they just appreciate and respond to the people who feed them. I don't feel this is true.

It is hard for me to believe this, because of the way I see my dogs look at me. Grayson has been with me eight months, but Kaiah has been with me 4 ½ years. 

Don’t get me wrong, Grayson is my boy, but when Kaiah looks up with me with those brown eyes she seems to have nothing but love in her eyes.

Kaiah has been with me through some great times and some really tough times.  There have been times that I don't know what I would have done without the quiet support and devotion of Kaiah.

There are people that seem to think dogs are nothing but objects. I feel dogs have souls and can become the most important beings in some of our lives. 

I have witnessed dogs help children come out of their shell, help the sick feel better, and lift the spirits of a person who feels down. 

I have watched people who never seem to smile become joyful and on top of the world when there is a dog around to share love.

Animals have an unconditional love. They do not care how rich, poor, pretty, ugly, thin or fat we are. They just know that we give them love, and they return it.  They are never ashamed of us, they never stab us in the back, and they are there for us in the biggest time of need.

I love my dogs with all my heart, and even have a friend that has told me her dog is pretty much her soul mate in canine form. 

Those of us who feel this way know that a dog is a lifetime commitment, and that we outlive our dogs. We have different dogs come in and out of our lives, and I think that they come in and out at particular times in our lives. 

I had Kaiah before moving to Florida. When I moved here, my mom was a “snow bird” and was going back to Indiana, and if it weren't for Kaiah, I don’t know if I would have made it through some things, as I knew no one here.

Since I have had Grayson, I have been going to the dog park more, and it has brought some wonderful people into my life. If I were not going to the dog park daily, I would have never met these people. 

A dog is more than an object. Dogs may not have “human” emotions, but the ones they do have are incredible! They have the ability to love and accept us humans unconditionally. I hope someday to see myself as my dogs see me.

Cecilia January 16, 2012 at 11:41 AM
When I hear that dogs don't/can't love from some one, I know that person has not met Moose. He loves, he shows loves, he gives loves and he loves back. He is perfection on four feet. And then there is Pablito, a/k/a the terrorist dog rescued from the streets. He is eight pounds of terror - except to the seven people who comprise his world. To those seven people he is a little ball of love. Both of them are the greatest children in the galaxy. Those who have never know the unconditional love of a dog who wants nothing but your companionship, fresh water, food and a soft bed have no idea what real unconditional love it. Great Article!
Shelly Maslak January 16, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Thanks Cecilia! It is easy to write about something I love so much!
Melody Urso January 18, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Shelly, as you know, I never thought my next soul mate would come in the form of a canine. I don't need to elaborate for you how I feel about my Jessie and what she brings into my life. Lovely article.
Shelly Maslak January 28, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Melody, you were the one that I was talking about with the dog as their canine soul mate! Amazing how they can make us feel.
raghavan July 27, 2012 at 07:02 AM
donot say dog. It is our children !

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