Yes that's right. It's Love Your Pet Day.
Now my first reaction is to say: Isn't every day love your pet day? Of course it's my opinion that it should be.
I have a dog, a puggle. Her name is Ridley and she's an ANGEL. I would be the first to say that she is spoiled rotten. I don't have a problem with that.
I know that people like Cesar Milan and the Dogfather would tell me it's wrong. They'd say that how I treat my beautiful little girl can only lead to an unbalanced, recalcitrant pet. I'm sure they're right. That's why they've made lots of money dealing with dog behavior and I'm just a hack with a puggle who thinks she's the center of the universe.
Again, I don't have a problem with that. All day long I have to deal with crabby people. Whining, complaining, condescension, outright hostility. It can wear on you, drag you down into a pit of negativity. Even people who are normally bright and cheery can have their moments. I get it and it's okay. I'm one of those people.
And that's the problem with people. There's always something else going on. No matter what's happening, there's always a dark cloud looming, ready to move in and darken a nice day. We're just waiting for it, dreading it, unable to get past it.
We could learn a lot from dogs. Learn to live completely in the moment. Focus all our energy on what is happening right now.
But that's not possible. Which is why dogs are so awesome. I come home at the end of a crappy day and I see Ridley. She 's so excited to see me that she can't keep from wagging her tail. Where else could I get that kind of response? Instantly I feel better.
That's why I spoil my dog. Because she's a sweetheart and she deserves to be spoiled. All pets deserved to be spoiled.
So Happy Love Your Pet Day!
This is my girl taking a snooze after she destroyed the little stuffed hedgehog I gave her. Life is good.