Happiness is a tail that wags…
Having driven home to stay at my parents house for Christmas I have been, as always, given the most heartiest of welcomes possible. This is the welcome of the family dog.
In all the interactions I have had I do not yet believe that any person or animal is as welcoming with such an open heart as the faithful family dog. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been gone an hour, a day or (in my case) a month or more. Those little squeaks and the tail flailing around furiously tells you that you are loved without reservation. Even more so when Tess (our family dog) chooses to go to sleep with you. She is a very tactile dog and seems to only truly relax whilst she has physical contact with someone in the family. Friday night (until the 2am “go bark at something in the garden”) it was my turn to be that contact and as she hadn’t seen me for a while she was snuggled right into the side of me.
This makes me wonder about our greetings of our friends, family, work colleagues and indeed anyone. Why do we not engage as openly as mans best friend? Why do we feel the need to either over or under emphasise how happy we are to see people. My personal task in this area is to always be happy to see people and to show that, to be even happier to see those I love and care for.
Also on the topic of our family pets I can wholeheartedly recommend Forever Faithful and Pets Have Souls Too by Jenny Smedley. For the animal lovers out there these are some very touching stories that I personally have found very enjoyable.
Here is a picture of Tess: