Dogs really can be “Man’s Best Friend” and they often fill that role with humble exuberance.
Snickers, pictured below , was about six months old when we adopted him in the Spring of 2003 after he was abandoned in our town.
If you were to go and look up the term “Ministry of Presence,” you would likely find another picture of the old boy. Sometimes just showing up and being there is enough, especially if you are a Lab.
This evening, Snickers and I sat on our front steps while I threw the tennis ball for the younger dogs.
He just sat there, next to me, looking off into the woods accross the street, occasionally nudging me to pet him.
There are a lot of things going on that make this normally tightly wound guy (me) a little tighter, which is not healthy and not likely to help produce any positive outcomes.
He is a good listener.
Snickers reminded me this evening that it is important now and then, to just sit on the front porch, breath, look around and listen to the birds as they sing in the trees.