Yesterday night while coming home I saw a couple carrying a big plastic bag. I would have ignored them if not for the line of stray dogs following them. And as I watched I saw them take some food(leftovers or freshly made I don’t know) and give it to the dogs. The dogs hogged the thing down in a matter of minutes. And then almost every dog received a good scratch behind his/her ears.
I watched because sometimes even I have done something similar. I watched because I have seen many other people do the same. I watched because my dog was also a stray dog before we adopted him. I watched because in watching those dogs hungrily gulp down their viand there’s a sense of satisfaction(Maybe, I don’t know the exact feeling)
Here’s a list of things my dog taught me:
1. Get as much petting(pampering) as you could:
Do I have to explain this? Simple. Take as much pampering you could get, and best close your eyes, flatten your ears as someone scratches your head(figuratively)
2. Never say NO to food:
Dogs I think are too cunning. They have this big brown eyes and surprisingly they twinkle at the time when you are having their favourite food. Try saying no to those twinkling puppy eyes, I dare you! Yes it is a sort of competition in the household now every time meat is made. Jimmy easily hogs down at double the speed than I am even capable of. And it is the same for any of his dinner, meat or veggie.
3. Have a deep sleep:
No matter what, always have a deep sleep. And never have a frown in your sleep, you could sleep with you doggie grin but I don’t think it will as funny for humans as it will be for dogs.
4. Be friendly to everyone:
Ironically this only applies of you are a human interacting with my dog. But if you are a pet owner with a male dog then your dog is my dog’s nemesis. Similarly, any dog is an archenemy if they so much as come near to sniffing a bitch’s butt. My dog goes berserk, at times it is like I have Hulk on lease. Wait, this point doesn’t count.
5. Show your gratitude:
Main point. A simple act. Licking. After their food’s are ravished or their pampering is done, my dog just turns to me and licks my fingers clean. At times he places his head on my knee and looks at me with those big brown eyes. Sometimes he bows his head down and keeps his head locked at my knees. And he doesn’t leave till a scratch or some words of appreciation isn’t given. That is the routine. And I would like to believe that each and every one of this behavior is a Thank You. No words are uttered neither is any sound made. Yet the message is conveyed. Thank you. And in this simple act I realized that while we humans say thank you, write down our appreciation we couldn’t come close to make the receiver understand the depth of our feelings. Words fail our feelings. And this is the crux of what I learned. Sometimes our gratitude has to be conveyed through actions rather than simple cliché words.
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