No matter how bad our day, no matter how stressful our job, and no matter how tired we are, just seeing our dog Louie lifts our spirits, relaxes us and makes us feel loved; isn't that amazing? How can an animal have such an effect on us? How can a dog make us forget all of our cares and woes, lift up our spirits so completely and make us feel so warm and fuzzy?
Over the years, we have learned much about the essentials of a loving relationship by observing Louie. Louie has been our faithful companion. He tells us (with his doggie voice and actions) that he is delighted to see us, that he missed us and that he loves us. When we come home from work or play, he shivers, howling a gurgling sound and wags his tail uncontrollably. Imagine if your actions and the actions of your spouse lifted your spirits and made you feel just as delighted to see each other as the actions of your dog! Wouldn't that make you feel loved and appreciated?
1. Dogs love us unconditionally.
A dog doesn't love us just because we do something he likes, feed him food and water, let him sleep with us in bed, comb his fur, or take him to the vet. He just loves us anyway, and he loves us unconditionally. A marriage requires this same kind of unconditional love.
2. Dogs never lie to us.
A dog always tells us the truth. When those soft brown eyes look at you, you melt! There is no equivocation in his eyes. He loves us, plain and simple. His eyes express the love we feel from him. Imagine looking into your partner's eyes and seeing how much they love you.
3. Dogs are always faithful.
No matter what the circumstances, you can always count on your dog to be a loyal and faithful companion. If humans showed this same loyalty and faithfulness to each other, they would be one step closer to having a successful, lifelong, loving relationship.
4. A dog never bites us without cause.
Oh, for sure, he might let out a little growl when you try to move him over so you can get in bed, but that is only a warning that he has found his cozy place, and you are intruding on his space. But would he bite? — never in a thousand years. He disagrees with us from time to time, but we are his friends, his family and his supporters. Every relationship depends upon knowing that the one you love is also your best friend — and will not betray you.
5. A dog knows the most important lesson of all — we are his best friends, his family, his trusted associates and his providers.
He can count on us through thick and thin. He can count on us when the chips are down. Louie knows in his heart that we would never let him down, never cheat on him, never hurt him and never betray him. He loves us unconditionally and we love him just the same. Every relationship depends upon complete trust and unconditional love.
As you can see, you can learn a lot about love from your dog! Our wonder dog, Louie, has taught us these loving lessons of life. We are eternally grateful for his love, his trust and his companionship.
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