I am certain all of you have heard the saying “Dog is man’s best friend”. Also, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”. Au contraire! I do love beautiful jewelry, but give me a puppy any day over a diamond.
A dog. A dog is a warm little waggy body that loves his/her human more than anything else–except, perhaps, food. Although food is momentarily distracting, attention comes right back to the human once the food is consumed. They wag all over when you come home, when you praise them, when you give them a treat. They cuddle with you at night and give you sweet, sloppy kisses. If you are in a bad mood or sick, they still love you and want to be near you. They will listen to your rants and hold your secrets close. They will come to your defense if they sense a threat. A dog just simply loves you, no hesitation or convincing needed.
As I get older, I realize that diamonds and other store bought items are nice to own. I like beautiful jewelry and clothes. But, my dogs– they have given me so much pleasure and unconditional love. I think that with age comes the realization that life is so much more than things. It is about the giving and receiving of love. Especially when that love comes with waggy tails and sloppy kisses.
Perhaps I will buy my dog a diamond or buy my diamond a dog. Better still, I will put a diamond on my dog’s collar and enjoy both. She won’t care and won’t love me any more because I gave her a diamond. Perhaps that is the point. We love for love alone, not for the diamonds we get along the way.