Lost Mule Lodge
…a journey that began with a cabin in the woods
Our two neighbor boys walked out their front door this morning to go to school. Much like they do everyday. But today they ran back inside in tears.
While they were getting ready for their school day, their dog had been run over and lay dead in the street. This was the start of their day. My heart broke hearing the news and knowing their pain. Most dog owners have been there. We have all had a beloved dog die. But, to these boys and this family, not only did their beloved dog die alone in the street. But no one stopped. There was no apology knocking at the door. There was no warning of what they were about to see.
I understand accidents happen, and perhaps the driver may not have realized they had hit the dog. However, there are some who do not value the life of a family pet. There are some who have never known the reward of a dogs unconditional love. They may have no understanding that a dog can be a treasured family member. There are those who do not understand the difference between a pet goldfish and the family dog. For these people I extend my sincere sympathies, because to never know a dogs love is their loss.
There is a reason dogs are considered “man’s best friend”. The bond between a dog and his master are deep for a multitude of reasons. When we look into a dogs eyes we can see his soul, and they can see ours. They have an amazing ability to read our emotions. Their love is unconditional. My dearest friend said it best – it was her dogs she felt most comfortable with after the horrendous loss of her daughter – it was their fur that soaked up her mountain of tears.
Our dogs bring light to our day, get us outdoors, force us to exercise, bring us laughter and joy. All things that are good for us.
There is nothing like the experience of the heartfelt greeting upon coming home. All dog owners know it. Whether you’ve been gone 5 minutes or 5 days, the genuine happiness we are greeted with can uplift even our darkest days. Overall – dogs make us better human beings.
So, to anyone who does not recognize the value of a dog or has not felt the unconditional love of a dog, my sympathies to you, for you are missing out on one of life’s greatest pleasures.
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