With Valentine’s Day approaching, the planning is underway to give your loved ones flowers, candies, a night on the town and more, but what is Valentine’s Day really about? To me, it is about unconditional love. It is a time to come together and celebrate everything that makes that someone in your life so special.
With all the hype around the holiday, it is easy to get lost in the gifts and presents, but if you need a little inspiration or a way to remember what true love is, look to your pets. Pets are amazing creatures that show unconditional love to us on a daily basis. They are pure and loving and we can learn a lot from them to strengthen our own relationships in life. Here are just a few examples how their unconditional love can help improve our bonds with one another.
Animals have a way of looking fear in the eyes. Take rescue dogs for example. These dogs literally go into devastated areas sniffing out those in need of help. They do not falter under pressure. They do not run away from that which they fear. Instead, their sole purpose is to help someone in need. If you are having a disagreement in your relationship, take inspiration from these fearless pets. Rather than sweeping your issues under the rug, face them head on. Sit calmly and discuss the problems at hand. In the long run, your relationship will be stronger.
Let’s face it; it’s easy to tell when a dog is excited. Their tail starts wagging. They can barely sit still. Their tongue hangs out of their mouth. They are genuinely focused on you. All they want to do is show you how excited they are because you’re in their life. No, you don’t have to wave your arms around or stick out your tongue to greet your significant other, but when they arrive home try to stop what you’re doing to focus on them for a few minutes. What says unconditional love more than your undivided attention and true interest in what is happening in their life?
Pets are as loyal as can be. They are here to support you, be your comfort and help you stand tall. They will sit beside you when you feel sick. They will walk beside you when you need a friend. They just want to give you the support and love you need. When your partner is in need, you should be supportive and loyal to them. Stand beside them. Hold them up. Be their rock in times of trouble and cheerleader in times of joy.
So, as this Valentine’s Day creeps closer and closer, try to drown out the hype that revolves around the holiday and focus on what truly matters. Look down to your pets for one of the best lessons life can give you, a true example of unconditional love.
Do you have a question for Brian? E-mail him at AskBrian@hsdayton.org. Brian Weltge is the President and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. The Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building loving relationships between people and pets. Founded 115 years ago, it is the largest and most established “no-kill” animal welfare agency in the area. It focuses on pet adoptions, eliminating pet overpopulation, providing education and ensuring the humane treatment of animals. For more information about the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, call 937-268-PETS (7387) or visit www.hsdayton.org.