"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace." - Milan Kundera
Sitting on the back porch with my dog Sheba, while she is playing like nothing else matters, makes me appreciate words like Milan Kundera's, but can't help to think of how wonderful it is that animals have the ability to live 100% in the present; they don't carry excess baggage or wonder about what comes next... they just are!
My husband says that when you have a though day, you come home and if you lay on the floor, our dogs will come right at you and will "lick" your troubles away... it's our own personal dog therapy.
Some people pay millions to visit a "shrink" and find meaning to their lives, or a doctor because they are depressed. Well, maybe a better way to find relief in life is by sharing it with man's best friend or any other animal to keep you company and make your life very enjoyable.
I know this from experience and it's true, an animal will give you love and companionship no matter what, but like any important relationship in life, it needs reciprocation, care, love and attention.
Once you give an animal the opportunity to share life with you, I'm sure you will receive more benefits than you can imagine!
Have a wonderful week!