I love my dog, Monster (#3)! He is my third Akita, my third Monster.
People always ask me why I would give my dog the same name as my past dogs. Well, it’s because I never want to feel like my dog has left me. He’s been here with me all along. He was never gone; he will always be here. I also know the difference in each Monster’s personalities. Yes, they are different but my dog, Monster, never left me.
Pets can help their owners overcome depression, sadness and loneliness through their companionship and unconditional love. They seem to possess the natural ability to help you relax and enjoy life more.
Sharing your life with a cat or dog seems to definitely help your mental health. A study conducted at Australia’s University of New England found that people who own feline friends may experience fewer psychiatric disturbances than those without cats. I’m sure the same could be proven about dogs. I also found that 95 percent of the people who love cats or dogs are kinder and nicer people. Therefore, I feel closer to them quicker and my guard is lowered sooner.
According to a Chinese proverb, dogs have so many friends because they wag their tails, not their tongues. Unconditional love is what we seek as human beings. Our pets give us that, and nearly always it comes right from the start. Unless an animal is in recovery, in a rescued situation or have been caught in the wild, they stand ready and waiting with open hearts to love us.
Through the unconditional love of our pets, we learn what true loyalty is, what true acceptance is and what true companionship is. This unconditional love is a true gift: one we may not always deserve but one that is always there.
Sadly, many people have never known what it feels like to share true unconditional love between other human beings. Many have become disillusioned at what they thought was unconditional love, only to find in the end that there were indeed conditions in place that were not met. In fact, except in the case of a parent’s instant and lasting unconditional love for their child, nearly all human relationships begin with conditions in place before we trust other human beings with our hearts. The unconditional love of adults for other adults generally is a gift of the heart that is opened and offered over time as trust, respect and character are observed and friendship develops.
What I realize in unconditional love is that if you never had it you won’t understand it and be able to give it. If you don’t know how it feels and what it is, how are you supposed to give? So many people go out there looking for the unconditional love but have no idea what it is. It is sad, but it is a good start to have a pet around to understand what the unconditional love feels like.
Unconditional love from our pets comes directly through the grace of love. When they pass away, we sometimes miss them more than we miss our human loved ones, and we often grieve more deeply for their loss. Why? Because they loved us unconditionally, and there is perhaps no one on Earth who imparted to us that highest form of love, that most spiritual form of love, or perhaps called it up from within our own hearts, than our beloved pet. They call us to love another in that amazing, unconditional way.
Every day I am so grateful and happy that Monster is in my life, loving me unconditionally without wanting anything in return. How lucky I am to have his love!!!