I Know You'll Agree!
by Daniel D. Maurer
The past five days I have gone without my pets. I dropped off my dog, Lazarus, last Tuesday at the kennel we use. We made sure that from Wednesday to Sunday our two cats, Chloe and Mr. Kitty would be taken care of. We headed off to eastern Montana to visit my in laws over Thanksgiving.
And you know what I discovered? I really, really missed my pets.
With all the turmoil that has been going in the world recently, I haven't been as willing to fritter away my time on social media. It seems like every time I get on there it only manages to depress me. Also, I have been busy with a large freelance project that has consumed much of my free time.
So . . . in light of that, I've decided to write something for you that may seem pointless and banal, but actually taught me a great deal about what I SHOULD hold dear in life.
1) Dogs Teach Us That Every Moment is Precious
When I dropped off our German Shorthaired Pointer Lazarus at the kennel, the attendant grabbed his leash and had to drag him into the next room. He didn't want me to leave him! I felt like a damn dirty traitor, but I knew it was for the best—we couldn't take him along with us on the trip.
When I picked him up this morning, I don't think I've ever seen him as happy. He barked with joy and spun around in circles, ready to get . . . home!
It shows me that what matters is the time we spend together. Every moment is precious and will never come again.
2) Cats Teach Us That We Shouldn't Think Too Highly of Ourselves
Whereas the dog thinks I just might in fact be a demigod, cats show us that we are lucky just to be in their very presence.
The experience of leaving our cats behind was almost the polar opposite of the one with the dog—Mister Kitty demanded we fill his food dish to overflowing and little Chloe hid under our dining room table. When we returned . . . Mr. Kitty demanded we again fill his food dish and little Chloe still ran under the dining room table.
Life teaches us that we're important; that we matter. An equally important lesson is the harsh reality that the world will go on without us. Cats make a point of teaching us that we don't know jack shit, and that if we're around, we should at least make ourselves useful.
3) Dogs Illustrate the Importance of a Good Walk
In our household, we have a codeword for WALK. It's like this: "Hey Honey, should we take the dog on a . . . er . . . jaunt around the neighborhood?" or "Let's do the W-A-L-K-thing soon, okay?"
Even if you say: doyouwannagofora . . . Laz instantly understands that it's "that" time.
In fact, if it weren't for my wife's dedication to exercise or my dog's daily demand, I don't think I'd ever get off my duff and turn off my stupid screens. The fresh air does us good!
4) Cats Illustrate the Importance of a Good Nap
Do I need to type anything in this slot to explain myself? No. I believe not!
5) Dogs Show Us How Easy Forgiveness Can Be
I can't tell you how many times I've stepped on all the pooches our family has had. I've tromped on their paws. I've tripped over them when I head to the bathroom in the night. I've even lost my temper with them and yelled at them.
Dogs. Always. Forgive.
They come and wag their tails. "Happy to see you again, boss!"
Forgiveness seems so much more complicated for us humans. We remember. We hold resentments. We cajole and bite and prod the very people we love. We're assholes.
Dogs show us just how simple forgiveness should be. "You deserve it, because . . . what else should I do?" a dog would say if he could, adding, "After all . . . we belong together."
6) Cats Show Us That . . . Just Because We Live Together Doesn't Mean that You're Without Faults
Just yesterday, I tried to pet Mr. Kitty. It was going fine until I got too close to his belly.
Big mistake. Bad mistake.
He zapped me with a flash of his claws and now my right index finger hurts when I type. I suppose the slight pain will be a good reminder for the coming days: as much as I want to tickle his belly, it's never a good idea.
You'd think I'd learn . . .
About Daniel D. Maurer
Daniel D. Maurer is the lowest of worms . . . but simultaneously the most brilliant of all writers to have ever have existed. He loves both his cats and his dog, because they show him that life is about balance. Transformation requires an understanding that all things are possible, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they will happen. He's also an author. If you want some fab presents for this holiday season, click here, here . . . or here