Since I got Gaia I get a lot of flack from friends, family and co-workers on how much I do for her, they tease me and call me one of "them" dog people. A title I proudly wear.
Most of my co-workers are also pet owners whom often complain about dog hair, the batteries running out in their wireless fence so they have to walk their dog and make fun of how scared their dogs are to go into Petsmart and have to be dragged to get their nails done. I used to try to offer advice but was often met with "Well, I'm not as into my dog as you."
Sure I now get up 2 hours earlier to make sure Gaia gets walked rain or shine, devote every Sunday to training and according to them spend way too much money on dog food, it works out to about 10$ a week nothing wrong there but they've never taken the time to comprehend how much I get back from the little fur ball.
When I first got her, I did nothing, was miserable and struggling with depression. I now walk 10km + a day, am involved in a club with a fabulous group of people and have acquired a new sense of confidence when I'm out with her. While introducing her to new situations I often found myself in places I normally wouldn't be in and comfortable confronting the world alone. Getting greeted every night by a happy eared tail waggin wiggle butt isn't that bad either.
The thread on "a dog is a good as its owner" got me thinking about this, I was going to write in my journal but its something that needs to be shared on how wonderful and how great of an impact "only" a dog can make in ones life. They are very resilient creatures whom in my case will do anything to please their owner or at least put a smile on their face.
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