Sunday, May 17, 2009

He's the one

As I sit here writing this, I occasionally glance over to where Jake is sleeping. He's in his favorite spot in the room, underneath a side unit of the entertainment center -- I call it his "hidey-hole" -- and every time I look, I can't help but grin and feel warm and fuzzy inside.

While I was dating Matthew, I spent a lot of time away from home -- and away from Jake. But now I'm so thankful that I have Jake in my life, to welcome me home after even the longest absence, to love me no matter what, to entertain me just by being himself, and to want nothing more than to please me. I know that this furry little guy will help me heal my heart.

To me, dogs have always been more than a pleasant companion or a useful working animal. They give so much joy, so much comfort, so much unconditional love. They don't hold grudges (or at least not often, and not for long), they don't judge irrationally, and they are willing to let bygones be bygones. I think we humans could learn a lot from our supposedly "inferior" four-legged friends.

Well, apparently, there's a growing community of scientists who agree that dogs are more highly evolved than we previously assumed. According to a recent story in the Denver Post: "Dogs are full of natural goodness and have rich emotional lives, says groundbreaking animal behaviorist Marc Bekoff, professor emeritus of the University of Colorado. ... 'We're not trying to elevate animals,' Bekoff said. 'We're not trying to reduce humans. We're not saying we're better or worse or the same. We're saying we're not alone in having a nuanced moral system.' "

Woman's best friend, indeed.


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