Where’d all the People go?

February 18, 2009

Driving around town, I noticed that in every car, behind each passing window, pacing in all back seats were grinning, panting, licking, lovable canines.

I can say with all certainty that I would take a dog over a human any day. They’re eternally happy, loving, non-complaining (unless you count the barking), easy to please. Certainly the most easy-going passenger that will ever grace my automobile.

However, I admit, I never realized how many other people felt the same.

This has been a long time comin for dogs and cats alike. From the farmhouse days of stalking mice in the barn and traipsing through the woods in the evenings with hopes of food and companionship once daylight appears. Dogs and cats have earned and endured their way into our hearts. Nowadays, it’s quite a foreign thought to leave animals outside at night. Almost considered animal abuse, depending on who you talk to.

No, dogs and cats are now formidable members of the human family. Just ask most animal owners. You get them talking about their pet–it won’t be long before you hear phrases like “he prefers to eat when I eat” and “she always sleeps with me.”

What is it about our pets that tug at our heart strings? Is it that they are everything we wish we could be? Or everything we wish we could find in another person? Loyal, caring, unconcerned with faults, good listeners, always in a good mood, always ready to play, never holding grudges. They are that constant companion who greets us at the door. The reliable friend who waits up after a late work night.

What we all wouldn’t give for human companions like that.


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