The Star-Herald

The joy of a dog

What a joy it is to see your dog smile.  Yes, dogs do smile.  

Whether they are greeting us at the door or romping with their pals, their joy is infectious.

Only gone for a day or a few hours, when you get home their bright, tongue-waggy faces are at the window, at the door as it opens, their furry feet pawing at your pant legs in happy reunion.  Everything you are holding is laid down and you’re on the floor — they’re in our arms and we’re in theirs.  They’re ours. We’re home.

Dogs have so many different personalities.  There are the pups that melt into a puddle at your feet with the first touch or scratch.  Then there are the ones who offer those soft, warm nuzzles that can certainly bring on the giggles, especially with the kids — and even us “big kids.”  Dogs can magically spark a smile in all of us. 

At the Central Aroostook Humane Society, we at times certainly have to chuckle at the clowns of the canine world, those dogs who look like they get the punch line, even if the joke is a shredded-up shoe or the extra treat they just snuck.  They are in love with life.

I definitely have an “adventurer.” They are our co-pilots.  Nothing makes them smile more than sniffing out new territory or simply covering a worn path as we walk together.  The adventurer is always curious and definitely entertaining to us.  They are our perfect partners in fun.

I know we have all had a “joker.”   No matter how funny the name, what they have in common is a love of mischief, humor and fun.  They are the first to steal our slippers, hide the chew toy and tolerate the pet clothes that we all find so adorable.  These dogs are proof that laughter is the best medicine.

Whether it’s a quick show of pearly whites or a huge ear-to-ear display, the memory of a dog’s grin lingers long after their tail stops wagging.  Their joyfulness is impossible to resist.

Our most devoted companions display their loyalty and love with never-ending enthusiasm and grace.  Dogs teach us the importance of being gracious and happily accept praise and goodwill from others. And yes, they also teach us to also live in the moment.

If you are looking for that friend for life, visit the Central Aroostook Humane Society.  We have some wonderful animals there looking for that special family and home to call their own.  We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed for lunch from 12 to 12:30 p.m.  

Remember to be responsible and have your pet spayed or neutered.

Gail Wieder is a member of the Central Aroostook Humane Society’s Board of Directors. 

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