After eight years, she has finally caught up. When I calculate Honey’s age in dog years, she is about the same age as I am. And I love it. Would you?
Learning From Dogs
Life lessons from the dogs we love.
My dog Honey gives us so much—affection, companionship, amusement. But the greatest way she has given back to our family might surprise you. It has to do with training her. And training ourselves.
I’ve always said I didn’t want a dog smarter than I was. But I may have one. In fact, I think my dog understands me better than I understand her.
Unlike some people, I don’t believe dog lovers are more honest, loving, or intelligent. We’re just as screwed up as everyone else. But there’s something special about people who love dogs. What is it?
I wasn’t going to write anything today. I don’t have time. But Honey just did something so adorable. So Honey. I just had to share.
Unconditional love. (Wo)man’s best’s friend. Blah, blah, blah. I’ve seen the standard explanations for why we love dogs so much. But I think they miss the mark. I know the real reason we love dogs so much.
“How did you know it was okay when that off-leash dog approached us,” my sister asked. “Well, his tail was neutral, his ears weren’t folded back, and didn’t stare as he came close. But his legs and body looked a little stiff. So I relied on Honey to tell me it was okay. She knows …
Back in the 1950s, magazines taught women how to be the perfect hostess. I’ve learned the same thing, but with a lot more dog hair. Because my golden retriever has taught me everything I need to know about making people feel welcome.
You meant cats, right Pam? It’s cats who are independent and aloof. It’s cats that hurt our feelings. Nope, I suspect dogs hurt our feelings more often. Here’s why.
What do you think of when someone mentions a golden retriever? Friendly. Silky, blond coat. Loves to swim, right? Well, not my Honey. At least for the last one. Somehow she never got the memo telling her that goldens love the water. Luckily, we love her for the dog she is. And not just the …