I have learned valuable lessons from people, but the things that I have learned from animals have left deep impressions within me. I have often said that animals are genuine. I believe this. They have no ulterior motives. They are honest in their emotion and their actions. Animals do not lie.
Several years ago, before the Internet, blogging, and social media, I had several pieces of my writing published in literary magazines. Along with many poems, I had a series of dog essays published. I have not shared them since then, but after much encouragement, I plan to do so now.
I am widely known as a “cat person”, but the truth is that I need dogs, too. In the future, I will share my cat stories. There are many. But, while cats address one side of me, dogs address the other. It is yin and yang; balance. Without both, I feel a sense of loss.
Each dog that has come into my life has taught me something. Just as each dog has been unique, their lessons have been, too. Admittedly, I have been a good student. I have paid attention. I wanted the bond that they offered. I sought their simple wisdom.
I will share each dog in the order that they entered my life. In addition, I will share their stories over time. I want each to stand on their own, as they do in my heart.