“No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich”

“A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, big or small, young or old. He doesn’t care if you’re not smart, not popular, not a good joke-teller, not the best athlete, nor the best-looking person. To your dog, you are the greatest, the smartest, the nicest human being who was ever born. You are his friend and protector.”

These quotes from Louis Sabin are so true. We are so programmed to be better, improved, faster, more efficient, richer, more stuff, bigger house, nicer clothes, newer car, work-work-work, go-go-go… that we sometimes forget to stop and smell the roses. While I entirely agree with the aspirations to do more and to better ones-self, I do recognize that most people don’t recognize that it is quite possible to be happy with what you have.

The images that show a homeless man with his dog, says it all. We don’t know how ‘happy’ the homeless man actually is, and surely it is unfortunate that he has sunk to this level… but look at the dogs. They don’t care about that. They don’t recognize that aspect of life. They are content, safe, and happy.

Sure, we could say that the brain and intelligence of a dog is entirely not up to that of a human. However we could also say that if we let ourselves ignore our own lot in life for a moment and let our worries subside, that perhaps we could recognize the contentedness of being satisfied, and maybe even happy with our own circumstance in life. Look around. Smell the roses.

For those of you who have had a dog, you ‘know’ that feeling with the dog as illustrated above. Dogs are wonderful companions. They are a great source of happiness when you’re not so happy yourself.

They are always SO happy when you come home (even if you’ve only been out for a few minutes). They provide unconditional love. They can alert you, they can protect you (to an extent), they will always be at your side, and they are good for the soul. The only single drawback to owning a dog is the sad heart-wrenching day when they’ve lived their life and are no longer with us. It’s horrible. The solution though is simple. After the pain subsides enough, go out and get another one. That’s what we did a few years ago and are looking forward to many years ahead with our ‘Sampson’.

I just thought I would share this simple thought and image. I recently saw a version of this on another website, and added an additional image to it for effect for those of you who already have a dog or are thinking about getting one. I believe that they are a great ‘survival prep’ item to have!


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