Love Me, Love My Dog

Over the years I’ve accumulated quite a number of pet toys for my dog. So much so I’ve lost count. Distinctively, one of them – a puppy-looking soft stuffed toy, is way beyond it’s heyday. To others, it’s probably just another piece of junk but to Jamie (my dog’s name) it’s like his security blanket giving him lots of warmth and comfort. He wraps his arms around it, sleeps next to it, chews on it and plays with it like his little prey. Looking at it closely, the old repair works can be easily seen. The stitches, the bite marks and general wear and tear are all over it. In spite of all the flaws, it’s still deeply loved and treasured, that’s why I’ve never attempted to throw it away.

In my dog’s eyes, things are pretty straight forward. I get great pleasure from knowing that I’m loved by this fellow for just who I am with no strings attached. Love like this is well-timed, well-balanced and unconditional but not one-size-fits-all. We know for animals to survive in the wild, they need to be adaptive to a constantly changing environment or they will be eaten alive! Shouldn’t love work the same way if it is to last? Undeniably, people and circumstances do change. For love to work it’s magic and still fit the bill, it must stay responsive enough to different conditions and adapt accordingly so you can love me, love my dog…

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