"The average dog is a nicer person than the average person."
~ Andy Rooney
My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am. I love my dog, Winston (named after Churchill). They say that the more people we meet the more we love our dogs - well there may be some truth to that. I certainly appreciate the character traits he has that make him a loyal friend and me one happy camper.
I feed him but he could feed himself. He watches other dogs bark and just stares at them rather than barking back - he's pretty confident that they're just barking. He's loyal and attentive, strong and brave. Friendly and focused. I can sit with him for hours staring into the sky and talking about dreams, hopes, business and people and he just listens. I lay with my head upon his chest and listen to his steady heartbeat.
He's always there regardless of circumstance and challenge. Regardless of who I know, what I have accomplished, or failed to accomplish, and without concern for how much or how little I have - He's there. He's ready to walk beside me no matter where I decide to go - without needing to be convinced he will follow. He's my friend.
He knows when I'm down and sits quietly beside me. But when the time comes to play, to catch, to run and jump he's like a puppy dancing in heaven. I share his joy.
If asked to name the characteristics I wish I had more of - I'd say - Just watch my dog. If asked to name the characteristics of a perfect friend I'd say - Loyal, intelligent,selfless, dependable, playful, steadfast and strong. Just like my dog - I couldn't ask for a better friend.