As it has for many, this week has been emotional for me. I’ve considered a whole range of topics for this post: grief, helplessness, a defense of social media, the healing power of nature, the many ways to measure a life. I even started writing a couple of those posts, but then one morning, my goofball dog Lexi made me laugh mid-cry, and I decided to instead write a list of excellent facts about dogs. I know, it has nothing to do with anything, but dogs are wonderful, and sweet, and uncomplicated, and I think maybe I’m not the only one who could use a little break from life’s bigger considerations today.
So, here goes.
10 Excellent Facts About Dogs
- At the end of the day (and any time you enter or reenter the room they’re in), dogs are always happy to see you. Even if you screwed up at work, or didn’t sell, or didn’t get published. Even if no one liked, or retweeted, or LOL’d you, your dog welcomes you home as if you’re the best damn human in the world. And who doesn’t want to be the best damn human in the world for a few minutes each day?
- Dogs are excellent listeners. (And – bonus! – they don’t care at all if you cry into their fur.)
- Dogs are always fully present. You never have to worry that they’re sitting with you but thinking about someone else they’d rather be sitting with. (They might be sitting with you and thinking about dinner, but that happens whenever they breathe. They can’t help it. Inhale, exhale, think about dinner. It’s like that.)
- Dogs get an amazing amount of information by sniffing each other’s butts. One sniff and they can tell the gender, reproductive status, health, diet and emotional state of the dog who owns the butt they’re sniffing. Yes, it’s gross, but it’s also impressive.
- Dogs make excellent workout buddies. With their excuses, and whining, and tendency to prefer the couch and television over all other activities, humans can be pretty disappointing workout buddies. Dogs, by contrast, are always ready to walk (or run, or fetch, or wrestle, or roll around in the excrement of other animals).
- Dogs are very inclusive. They don’t care about your race, gender, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. They care if you scratch them behind their ears. It’s that easy to be accepted into the pack.
- Dogs are way, way, way better than squirrels. (Lexi asked that I include that. She also asked me to impress upon you the absolute indisputability of that fact.)
- Dogs are the best kind of foodies, because no matter how crappy a cook you are, they love everything you make for them.
- Dogs make excellent alert, service, and therapy companions. (Squirrels, on the other hand, are spectacularly bad at being helpful.)
- Dogs are the Zen masters of unconditional love.
Enjoy your weekend, you guys. Find a bit of beauty in the world.