Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Things We Do For Love

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Oh, the things we do for love!

I bet we all know exactly what I mean and that we've all experienced those questions that freeze us in our tracks. For example, "Mom, will you come down this[insert incredibly high and long slide that ends in a teeny-tiny pool] water-slide with me?" And we've all thought something like: Are you absolutely bonkers? as we hear ourselves say, "Of course, sweetheart!"

But what fascinates me is that I think animals go through pretty much the same reasoning. I watch our children yank our poor dog around and dress her in some of the most ridiculous things and I 'see' her think, "Really? These children are bonkers!" But although she's perfectly capable of getting out of the situation, she stays there looking miserable and lets the children do what they want.

That is love.

And I find myself wondering how animals can feel such love for another species when so many people have a hard time accepting our own species if they are of a different color or ethnicity. And I'm humbled.

The things we do for love!


  1. Oh yes, I understand animals better than humans at times! We went somewhere new for a walk yesterday. It turned out that it was a popular dog walking spot, so I missed that we didn't bring Buddy. I petted and talked about each dog we ran into. I just love them so much!

    1. I think one of their greatest attributes is that they accept us for who we are without expectation or judgement. And that is one of the greatest gifts of all.