I’ve been struggling recently with the realization that a close friend was not the person I thought he was. I won’t go into details, but it involves infidelity and much heartache, and impacts not only their entire family, but also us friends who are their extended family. Many times it’s so easy to say these situations are just between spouses, but when you see firsthand the impacts on the kids and grandparents, you realize we are all in this life together.
As usual, I find support in my love for animals. Animals are honest – they don’t pretend to be someone they aren’t. They don’t hold back resentment over years. Each day they are truly happy to see you. And if they’re mad at you – you know. They growl, snarl, maybe even snap. But wouldn’t that be better sometimes to know where you stand? To not hide your emotions, but to express them? (Assuming, of course, that we humans keep the normal social behavior standards and not bite or hump in public!)
Which brings me to Lance, one of the VICKtory dogs rescued seven years ago from Michael Vick’s disgusting dogfighting ring. See the cute photo below. Those animals were subjected to unmentionable pain and torture. I was brought to tears by Lance’s heartwarming story (to read more click here: http://bit.ly/VicktoryDogLance) – because now after six years of therapy and support he has found his forever home. If ANY animal deserved to hold a grudge, and lash out at people, it would be Lance.
Because in life sometimes, dogs ARE better than people.