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What You Need To Know About Getting A Dog

It was a pretty simple project, but it was important for me because it made me see exactly where I was right now—not just on the inside but in the outside as well. The end of the project wasn’t in the way I wanted it to be, but it felt good to be done. The process is important. The joy to be had is priceless. This year, I want to do something that will help me do a few more of these projects. So while I’m going for dog and not getting it, I will always have those moments of happiness and reflection. We all do. They’re what make us human.

I’ve spent a lot of time looking into how I feel like a dog, and what I really feel like, so while the project is done, I think it’s important for me to put this information out there to help you know what I feel like. It’s not what you need right now—it’s something I need right now.

I’d like to give you another little bit of personal perspective that I’ve had about my experience with dog ownership. The way I see dog ownership, the way I think about the relationship between a human and their animal, is that you don’t know how to love a dog until it’s over. You spend a lifetime being a human, and this is your first encounter with a dog. It’s a big first time, and it’s hard to be a good human.

I had a girlfriend who got her own dog because, when she was a little child, she was very much a companion and the family pet. She didn’t know anything about dog ownership and she had to learn everything about it. She lived with her first dog for a long time, and she lost her husband and had to get rid of her first dog—all of that stress, all the emotions and the trauma of the loss. And so she ended up with a dog who was like the family pet to her, and eventually, I think it got her through all that. But she had spent so much of her life as a companion, and the dog was her companion in many ways, and all of a sudden, they became her family, and she lost her husband. We’ll see how that plays out. It was a big thing for her.

We also met a friend who had a puppy when she was in college. She lived alone in a house with a friend, and there was a large dog who belonged to some people she knew. She was the one who went down and picked him up from the pound, and she always had a big pot of chili dogs with beef in it. And we all kind of felt like the animal was ours and the puppy was hers, and you didn’t have to be separated from the animal that you were in love with. That was the kind of feeling I was going for.

A dog is such an incredible gift. I want to tell you a little bit about what those gifts mean to me.

1. It gives you an unconditional friend

You get so many unconditional gifts from every animal in the world, whether it’s a dog or a cat or a horse or what have you. All we have to do is be compassionate with them. I think that’s what gives us our lives meaning. We’re not just living our lives. We’re going to be having an amazing experience; we’re having a beautiful, loving, amazing life. We’re never going to have all of that with a dog. But I think when that dog walks into my life and sits in my lap and you can’t take out your phone to text, I will miss that. A dog is going to be there whenever you need it. When your phone dies, he’s not going to leave you alone. He’s going to be with you and he will love you forever. And even when I’m out and about I never carry a phone.

2. It gives you freedom and responsibility.