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Why are dogs such popular pets? Why do people develop such strong bonds of affection and love for dogs? Isn't it because dogs have such a capacity for affection, love and friendship themselves? When you come home from work the dog comes running to greet you with his tail wagging. He jumps up on you. He is so happy to see you! His feelings are so visible! They show in his every bound and movement. The dog can serve as a good example for people. Can a dog talk? No. Does he go around telling his owners that he loves them. No. But he speaks without words. His actions speak for him. They tell what his true feelings are. It is the same way with people. Their true feelings are best discerned by watching their actions. Forget their words. Just watch what they do. There are a number of proverbs that make this point: "Actions speak louder than words", "What you are speaks so loud people can't hear what you say", etc.. It is the things a person does, the things he doesn't do, an expression on his face, a tone in his voice, the initial reactions and responses to surprise occurrences, the little signs here and there that reveal his true feelings, inclinations and disposition. So one lesson that the dog can provide for us is that it is not words that reveal true affection. Rather the affection reveals itself of its own accord if it is there. There are other lessons that the dog can provide, too. What is it that makes us love a dog? It is his simple and honest love and affection for us isn't it? A love that is honest from an animal that is honest. There is no guile, deception or dishonesty with the dog. He has a noble and honest heart. And a loyal heart. His affection and friendship will remain true throughout his life. All this can give us a lesson in the power of honesty and true affection to engender love in return. It is a lesson in the power of honest affection and love. We have said much about the capacities of a dog for affection, warmth and love. It is interesting to note something. The dog is a meat-eater. That means that in his wild state he lives by seeking, pursuing, and preying upon other creatures. He is a predator and a killer. That is the way he was made. And that is not a very affectionate and loving characteristic. It is a good example of the kind of sharp contradictions and confusing paradoxes that we find so often in life. It is not a gentle herbivore but a fierce carnivore that makes such a loyal and affectionate friend for man. Oct 1985 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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