I have been known to say that I prefer dogs to most humans. Some have asked me why. Undeniably there is the unconditional love we receive from our dogs, but it goes beyond that. While this post may come across as cynical, it is not meant to be. I just think there is a purity and an honesty that is found in animals that humans sometimes either forget they have within themselves, or simply disregard. Maybe our brains are too highly developed for our own good or maybe we have just forgotten how important it is to be honest and kind and grateful.
My dogs, past and present, have never pretended to know my motivations. One of my greatest assets and also one of my greatest faults is honesty. While I believe it is admirable to be honest, with humans it can sometimes be difficult because I would like to believe that others are being truthful with me, which is not always the case. With humans you have to guess. With dogs you always know.
I try to be kind and compassionate. With humans kindness is often exploited or mistaken for weakness, but be kind to a dog and it will always be appreciated.
Dogs are real. There are no hidden agendas, no lies, no pretenses. If I do something wrong I am quickly forgiven and never have to hear about it again.