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On dogs --Pure love on four legs Blog marathon post 26

 After Satish's really humorous guest post written yesterday (scroll down to read it) , I must add a few things he missed out.

1. You really learn to live live to the FULLEST by observing a dog.No matter what happens, dogs just get on with life. 

2.They don't mope. They don't ask 'why me'. They don't sulk. They don't hold grudges. A dog really embodifies the statement 'Life is short. LIVE it.'

3. The sheer enthusiasm with which a dog greets the owner (they act as if they havent seen you in twenty years, even if you  have gone to the neighbourhood store to fetch something and you took just fifteen minutes) is amazing and has to be seen and experienced to be beilieved.

4. So many articles have emphasised the health benefits of having a dog. (Studies have shown that it outstrips the benefits of having a cat)

5. Having a dog teaches you so much--responsibility, caring for another living thing, compassion, love, devotion.

6. Most of all it teaches you discipline and makes you exercise. (and people spend thousands of rupees on treadmills and gym memberships! Heh heh)

If you haven't read or heard of Hachiko's story, you must.

There are so many other similar cases ,especially a dog named Bobby who spent every day of his fourteen years at his master's grave until he died.

Sometime back I had  posted a piece
'Just a dog' written by Richard Biby. In case you haven't read that post here  is what the words said.:

Just a Dog
From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a dog," or, "that's a lot of money for just a dog." They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for "just a dog." 
Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a dog." Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a dog," but I did not once feel slighted. 
Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a dog," and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a dog" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.
If you, too, think it's "just a dog," then you will probably understand phases like "just a friend," "just a sunrise," or "just a promise." "Just a dog" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. "Just a dog" brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person. 
Because of "just a dog" I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a dog" but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment. 
"Just a dog" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.   
I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a dog" but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a human." 
So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog." just smile, because they "just don't understand."

Authored by Richard A. Biby

Sometime back I had received a sms forward which made me smile.
It said " Lock up your wife and your dog in a room. Open the door after a few hours. Guess who will be happy to see you."

Having a dog, really changes you as a person.
When many people tell me they are scared of dogs, I wonder why! I fail to understand. How can people be frightened of dogs?!  (Apologies if you are among the people who are scared of dogs. Kindly ignore this post from an ardent dog-lover)

A dog is nothing but pure love on four legs. And as for those humans who abandon their pets, I don't even have words for them.

If you are really keen on adopting a dog there are puppy adoption camps like this one which just took place:

Having a dog is real hard work.
But it is really, totally and completely worth it.
Trust me, I know!

If you are seriously considering getting a dog, do read this  article first which asks 'Are you ready for a dog'.
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  1. I am one of them Preeti who is very very scared of dog..But yes your post made me think now..

    No I don't think I will adopt a dog but I will surely have a different view next time I see a dog...

  2. Completely agree with the points Preeti makes. Have seen Marley and me and Hachikos Story. Brilliant.

    But for a non dog lover would really suggest you go through Are you ready for a dog before you take the plunge. It is a lot of hard work and if you are not prepared for it then my view is dont get in to it.

  3. Well...what do I say...I'm amongst those who are not very comfy around pets..but yes I can pet them and scratch them at their necks if they are not too hyperactive kinds.

    I've a friend who loves dogs so much that if she finds a stray dog, she gets them vaccinated and brings them up at her own home. She has one blind pom at her place who is just so adorable. They way she has taught her things is also something that I find amazing.

  4. I wouldn't call myself a dog-lover ... I can just about tolerate them ... but I must tell you ... I have friends who are ... and dog-lovers are the best breeds of human beings I ve seen!

  5. I wouldn't call myself a dog-lover ... I can just about tolerate them ... but I must tell you ... I have friends who are ... and dog-lovers are the best breeds of human beings I ve seen!

  6. Loved this post!! Its really nice of you Preeti Shenoy to support this cause of getting homeless pups adopted :-) Thanks so much!

  7. u r right.... i ve watched "Hachiko" movie and was moved to tears towards the end! it was so touching. i then googled to know more about the original story.
    i am scared of dogs. u wonder why people r scared of the little creature?! i ll tell u y im scared. if a fiery dog barks at u n follows close by ur leg, u will feel scared! n if a dog chases ur friends through many streets and bites them, it IS scary even if u just hear to their story! and the barking - oh my god - i jump each time even if its my friends pet dog :P
    btw preeti, do u read comments on ur old posts?? i would be glad if u did :) i havent been able to use the net for the past 3 days and so missed ur blogathon. was so keen on reading all the last 3 posts. so hope u get to read the comments too :)


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