Today I would like to share a personal experience connecting humans and animals. My life and my perspective on life changed on May 12th, 2021. I had been applying to different organizations to get a dog. One bright morning, after a successful interview I welcomed my baby dog on May 12th, 2021. I along with my extended family had never kept pets before, this was a new world to me. So here is my experience so far with my little one.

Staying around animals, dogs in my experience is a health booster. I stay active as my pup requires walking. I did not enjoy walking before but now it has become a part of my daily routine. In addition, he is a big mood enhancer. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) dogs can understand human emotions via smell, voice, and emotional cues. I have experienced this myself, whenever I feel low, my dog makes sure he is with me. He will start licking me, showing his love and support. Yes, they do not make our problems disappear but provide hope and support of seeing a bright future, just by existing. 

I take my dog to the dog park often where he interacts and plays with other dogs. These dogs are strangers to my pup, but whenever a new dog enters the park, every dog goes and welcomes the one entering. Imagine if humans had this quality?

In the beginning when I got my pup, as most dads, my dad was against him. Despite my dad criticizing my pup’s presence, my pup would greet him every single day by wagging his tail when he came home from work. Ironic, isn’t it? On one hand research says dogs understand human emotions, but despite my father’s dislike for him he greeted my father with unconditional love and affection.

Homosapiens are considered to have the most developed brains out there. Then how come this “most logical” species also fails to learn the most valuable lessons in life? Why is there so much hate and such less love among them? Something to ponder upon! Valuable lessons taught by my pup which I try to implement everyday:

  1. It is our duty to be a support system to others, even as strangers. Being there for others in whatever capacity one can, does not just help others but we help ourselves feel better too! A great scientist, Albert Einstein has said, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile”- Dogs live by this quote every day!
  2. Newton’s famous third law states – For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Let us take a pledge today that no matter what the action is, our response will be kindness and love. 
  3. Show affection to your loved ones as often as you can because life is short and your time with them might be even shorter, who knows? 
  4. He has taught me immense tolerance and patience as well.

This article was written by Aradhita Dhaddha