I watched the last segment of a short film called Last Minutes with Oden
. It's about two things, what our dogs do for us and bring to our lives, and about the pain of having to say goodbye. Oden has cancer and it's time to go. It's sad, it may make you cry. The larger message is great though. Our animals, could be a turtle teaching you to simply show up for food and clean aquarium, teach us much and bring much to our lives. My dog brings me health (running and hiking) and makes me get outside when I sometimes might make the excuse that it's raining. Sometimes the dog park gets me socializing with people whom I likely have little outside of dogs in common with. I feel like a part of the larger community that way.
So what does your dog, or pet, bring to your life that you may have missed out on otherwise?
(I'll embed the video on the first comment)