I never understood this until we got our dog, Trixie, a rescue from Pomona, CA, about 2 1/2 years ago. She is incredible. Sometimes she's a bit belligerent, but more recently she's really mellowed out nicely... Listening to commands and not acting up on walks. Which leaves us with an energetic, loving companion who is always right by our sides. Always. I love them, don't get me wrong, but cats do not do this. Cats are generally independent and its been my experience that even though they love you, sometimes cats don't even know you've been gone for a couple of days if you leave them enough food.
Trixie can hear Jessica's car drive up through a closed door (wait, I don't mean she drove through the door, I mean Trixie can hear her through the door) and she (Trixie) comes running to tell me excitedly that Jessica's home!
It's pretty damned amazing. Something special. I always felt there could be a connection for us with "man's best friend," but what Trixie has become is part of the family.
Thinking about getting a dog? Run to you nearest shelter and make a connection that will enrich your life, and your dog's, immeasurably. Go on, do it now.
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