I was in my front yard the other day when a woman came walking by with her dog. It was a beautiful day and they were obviously out for a nice walk. Unfortunately the dog was basically walking by himself as his master was involved in an emotional and seemingly funny conversation on her cell phone. I felt sorry for the dog as he tried repeatedly to get her attention. His jumping, barking and whining behaviors were all brushed aside by his companion. At one point, the woman even told her dog to stop fussing as she couldn’t hear what was being said by her phone friend. I looked after them for a while until they turned the corner onto the next street. The woman continued to laugh and talk into her phone while the dog walked silently behind her.
As I watched this woman and her dog meander down my street, I felt a deep sadness for both of them. Taking your dog for a walk is suppose to and should be a time of connection. These are the times when humans and animals enjoy each other’s company and revel in the relationship they’ve built up over their time together. When humans interrupt this sacred time by texting, talking or e-mailing on their phones, they’re not only losing out on the enjoyment of being outside on a beautiful day, they’re also losing out on the closeness that comes with simply spending time with an amazing creature whose only goal in life is to love and please his master.
These loving animals deserve our full attention after waiting for us to come home after a long day of work. They also deserve that we put our phones down or turn them off completely when we finally do give our pets the time they so richly deserve. Sometimes those calls, texts or e-mails are not as important as we think they are. We just get into the habit of always being electronically connected and available. I think we need to work hard to be just as connected and available for our furry companions. Doing this will strengthen and deepen the human/animal bond we all want and need.
Blessings to you and your furry friends.