Earlier today, I was watching our dog Sherry as she laid down on our deck and enjoyed the sun. A little later, she came in and laid down on the living room floor. Then out again to the deck. Not a care in the world!
Meanwhile, I had been up early, brought the car for servicing, prepared breakfast, washed tons of dishes, gone grocery shopping... I will trade places with Sherry this moment.
"Ang sarap ng buhay ni Sherry, (Sherry has a great life)" I said. She's not leading the proverbial dog's life.
All six of us at home dote on Sherry. She has us wrapped around her fingers, I mean, paws. When she lies on her back near anyone and opens up her legs, we give her a tummy scratch. When she's sleeping, we know only too well to let sleeping dogs lie.
We see to it that she has water and food in her bowls. She has treats that makes Markus salivate.
We take her for a walk, at her pace. When she stops to smell the grass or the hydrant, we too stop.
Walking with Sherry at Green Timbers
We talk to her affectionately. "Excuse me, Sherry." Excuse me? We often rub her fur and say how adorable she is. We understand when she has PMS.
In return, she delights us.
Sherry has changed the dynamics in our house. She's a great stress reliever. She makes us feel good. She amuses us with her antics. She's a pleasant company at home or outside. She's a good distraction. Who knows how many times she has kept us from snarling at each other?
Recently, I received the following email that made me chuckle:
If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
...Then You Are Probably The Family Dog!
So who's leading a dog's life now?