As a dog communicating with humans, it’s vital that we know how the human-dog relationship started…and why. I shared the following story in my book, Drop the Leash, but it is worth repeating here, so we are all on the same paw (I mean page).
When humans first walked the earth, they only focused on surviving from one moment to the next. Finding food and shelter took all their time and energy. The higher needs of connection, purpose, and love were not even contemplated, much less pursued.
One night, sitting around the fire they had recently learned to create, the flickering light danced with the dark. The humans took in the moment and smiled, knowing that at least for now, they were safe. They huddled closer to the warm flames and listened to the night sounds around them.
Suddenly, there was a faint sound of twigs snapping. The man jumped to his feet, grasping his only weapon, ready to defend his family. He stared into the night, trying to see through the darkness and identify the threat before it charged him.
As he stood in warrior pose, the woman peeked around him and noticed two small eyes staring back at her, close to the ground. She moved closer to see what it was and then she heard it. A soft whimpering that went straight to her heart.
It slowly crawled from the darkness into the glow of the light. Dragging itself on the ground, its posture one of total submission, the whimpering began again as the animal looked up with pleading eyes.
The man released his breath and sighed. His body relaxed, and he returned to his seat at the campfire, grateful that the threat was not serious.
The woman was captivated by the creature. It was just a baby, shivering and cold. She gently picked it up and settled it in her lap. The furry animal was startled at first, but soon sunk into the warmth of her body and fell sound asleep.
From that day on, dogs have submitted their freedom to humans in exchange for their love. Humans have opened their hearts to dogs… in exchange for love.
A beautiful, dynamic relationship was born out of necessity and grew out of shared needs. A silent pact was made that still exists today. Dogs give their love openly and freely, while humans give them shelter, companionship, and friendship.
Some humans go much deeper and see the light of something greater shining from a dog’s eyes. And for a lucky few, when they see the light of something greater in the dog’s eyes, they also see it reflected back to them with their own eyes.
They realize that dogs know more about life and how to live it than most humans.
And so it is.
That is the story of the first dog/human connection. That story is told to every dog ever born, so even as a puppy, every dog knows his purpose and goal while he is in dog-form:
- To love at least one human, unconditionally, without holding back.
- And to show a human how to love completely, without holding back.
This was the plan from the beginning of time – for dogs to act as reminders of something greater, something bigger than what can be seen with the five senses. And for the most part, it has worked. Dogs are beloved around the world for their loyalty, friendship, and ability to listen without judgment.
In these days leading up to your big Heart day, I asked some friends of mine to help me remind you that you came from love, you are love and you are seen.
You can be the person your dog thinks you are.
Why not check out my book, Drop the Leash: Let Go of the Past and Love in the Present? It makes a great Valentine’s Day gift for the dog lovers in your life.