So, what if by observing the week, we take a moment to really think about the ways we show our pets how much we appreciate them? That means recognizing and enjoying the good qualities of your pet. Hopefully you’ll know what your pet’s best qualities are.
How does the Lady appreciate me? Let’s count the ways!
1. One of my better qualities is recognizing and understanding when the Lady is upset. I know she’s upset when she raises her voice, arguing with dog daddy Brad sometimes. I’m always right by her side, wagging my tail, licking her hand or leg, helping her feel better. I know she appreciates this because she stops to gives me cuddles, while letting me kiss her more, and promises not to raise her voice again.
2. Another great quality of mine is getting along with other dogs and having good dog manners. The Lady worked hard to socialize me at an early age. I always know how to properly greet a new dog, or recognize a pack that I don’t belong to and approach it properly. In fact, I’m really good at letting a puppy or a dog without good manners know it! The Lady recognizes this good behavior by always letting me say “hi” to any dog as long as the owner let’s us. She never uses stupid commands like “leave it” when we meet another dog on our walks, or crosses the street to get away. She knows I won’t go until I’ve had a chance to sniff and say “hello.”
3. The next quality the Lady would like to recognize is my laid back attitude. She will be the first to admit not recognizing this quality in me until Taffy came to live with us. That’s when she realized the different energy levels in us. Before Taffy, the Lady and I would go sit in the back yard, relax, enjoy the sun and maybe I’d get some belly rubs. That all ended with Taffy as she is on the move non-stop getting into stuff. The Lady probably appreciates my ability to relax more than anything now! She shows how much she appreciates me when relaxing by providing lots of belly rubs.
4. Most of all the Lady loves my sweet, affectionate nature combined with my mischievousness. She loves cats because she can pet them (most any way) and they purr, but I let her know early on that I love to cuddle too. Whether it’s on the couch for our afternoon “rests” or at bedtime, she always takes time to whisper “good girl” and “I love you” to me while rubbing my tummy and holding me close.
The Lady and I hope you’ll take a moment to really think about what qualities you appreciate in your pet. It’s not about spoiling us, buying us organic food or spending the most amount of money on us. It’s about recognizing what qualities your pet has that you can truly appreciate.
Think about it, okay?