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Dogs And Our Moods And Behavior

wp july 31 2020

There’s research that shows that dogs do sense our moods and behavior, even smell our emotional state.  I’ve learned this from personal experience from our dogs: Casey, Alex, Bella and Abby.

Casey, a Staffie, would sit perfectly still next to me when I got angry.  Funny, one time I told Cynthia that I wasn’t angry, but Casey sold me out.  Traitor!  Alex, a pit bull mix, would get close to me and shiver.  Bella, a pit bull mix, would try to make herself small.  And Abby, a Beagle/Bulldog mix, runs toward me and with a concern look on her face looks me in the eyes.

Dogs are amazing teachers, and living with them gives us the opportunity to live a balanced and healthy life.  Do you think your dog senses your moods/emotions?

The New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston

maholo1While in Boston, I had the opportunity to visit the New England Holocaust Memorial, and to say that I was touched by what I read would be an understatement.  What resonated with me most was this:

They came first for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time no one was left to speak up.

—Martin Niemoeller

maholo2I am a firm believer that if we do not learn from History, then we are bound to repeat it.  It is terrible to know that we, human beings, are capable of such atrocities.  And then, I take a look at my Alex, and say to myself, “Yes, but there are also amazing people along with amazing dogs.”  I don’t know, for me, a canine companion such like Alex, is essential in my life.  Alex makes me do something I have a hard time doing and that is to live in the moment.  So, with that in mind, I would say carpe the heck out of the diem, and if along the way you are able to make a difference in the life of a person or a dog, then in my book you are an angel.