Alarm goes off at 7:00 am. I consider hitting snooze and getting a few extra minutes with my dreams. Then, I roll over and see the sweetest face greeting me with a good morning gaze. I know in that moment she’ll understand if I go back to sleep and would even be content to watch while I did. She never questions anything I do. She just wants me to be happy, even at 7:00am. That’s not to say she won’t speak up when she disagrees with me, or when she’s not getting the attention she deserves (and trust me, she deserves it). But by and large, she’s the greatest companion I’ve ever had the honor of loving.
Who is she? Her name is Sophie; my 6 pound, 9-year-old, rescue pup. Sophie is one of those, “so strange looking she’s actually adorable” dogs. A crowd pleaser and socialite wherever she goes, she really shines by making people comfortable. Animals have an inexplicable presence about them which makes it easy to let your guard down. There’s no living in fear of saying the wrong thing or worrying what mood your dog will be in when they come home. Pets just love, in the way people are meant to be loved.
At this point in my life, I’ve dated my fair share of jerks. I’ve been mistreated, manipulated, and controlled. Someone once told me that’s part of growing up. But what if it wasn’t? What if we didn’t live in a world where pets are more trustworthy than lovers? What if we held everyone to the same standard: Real love in exchange for real love?
Why did I write this article? Part of me hopes to drive home the point of accepting the kind of love we deserve and denying the rest. No one wants an aggressive animal in their home. Most of us would steer clear of a dog who bites or a cat who scratches. Why is a person any different?
As for me, I’m now in the healthiest relationship I’ve experienced. I credit Sophie for this to some degree. You learn a lot about a person from the way they treat someone special to you. Plus, she is an excellent judge of character. Sophie also taught me how it feels to really want what’s best for another living being and do whatever it takes to make that happen. Now, I’m able to show that same kind of affection in my love life.
Find your Sophie, whatever that means for you, and never settle for less than unconditional affection again.