There is a very good reason for this. My mom didn't believe we had the time to give a dog. Even though it was always a dog that I wanted, my mom said cats were easier to take care of and didn't need as much fussing over.
I was happy to have a pet...any pet, so cats were okay by me. My first cat was an all white kitten with blue eyes we named Cotton.
My dad worked for the government and we moved around a lot. When we moved to Germany, we gave Cotton to a very good friend and she lived a long life. I missed her, but I never lost my want of a dog.
And now I have six.
Here's why dogs are so important to my life.
1. They love adventure!
Like the photo above, dogs are game for just about anything. A day scouting out things in the field, or swimming in the lake. Dogs are ready.
2. Dogs are great companions.
They ride with you in the car, go for walks, and nurse you back to health when you aren't feeling well--keeping you company on the couch or the bed.
3. Dogs wear their hearts on their tails.
Once you get to know a dog, you get to know how they are feeling about things. Their tails are dead giveaways. Happy, sad, scared, tired...it's all there to be read in the tail. They get to know you just as well, and feel everything you are feeling. So it's a two-way street.
Whether a ball or stuffy toy, frisbee or your favorite shoes, dogs love to play. They bring out the kid in all of us when they respond to retrieving things we throw for their enjoyment (and ours). A game of "catch-me-if-you-can" is a favorite at our house.
5. A dog's facial expression can melt your heart or make you laugh.
Dog's have the very best facial expressions! Our dogs make us laugh constantly with the multitude of facial expressions in our household. Some dogs seem to look right through you. And yes, dogs DO smile!
6. Dogs live to please.
Dogs will try to do anything we ask of them, as long as we are patient and kind...and have treats. I have never known a dog who didn't try their best to please their human.
We can learn a lot from dogs. They live in the moment, are quick to forgive and have a positive outlook on life.
8. Dogs are loyal.
Let's face it, dogs love their families. They are true friends, very loyal and protective of their people.
9. Unconditional Love is a trait of all dogs.
They don't care how you look or what you are wearing. Dogs just love you, no matter what.
10. Dogs are great therapy for the soul.
Having a bad day? Go play with your dog. Dogs refresh us. It's been proven that people with pets live longer than those who don't have pets. Dogs not only get us out there exercising (remember those walks?), but they offer us a reprieve from the daunting routines of life.
All in all, dogs are just the very best things to grace our lives. It's why I love to photograph them!
Click Into the Circle
I am part of a weekly blogging group of professional pet photographers located all over the planet. To see what others have blogged about in this week's topic, start here with Dallas dog photographer Tracy Allard of Penny Whistle Photography as she takes a trip down memory lane and reminisces about all the dogs she's loved.
Then find the link at the end of each blog to click on to the next photographer, until you find yourself back here. Enjoy! Have a great weekend!