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To earn respect and trust…first give respect and trust!

Image(Milo, Bella and Coco)

One of my favourite moments of the day is knowing that without a doubt my dogs will greet me as though I’ve been away for the longest time. It’s the happiest, friendliest welcome home any human could receive.

Picture this: Bella, the eldest hears my car pulling into the drive way, runs to the lounge, nose pressed against the window, ears pricked. As I open the front door, there she is! Head tilted, looking up at me with her tail wagging excitedly – “Hello human, you’re home!”

My other two are in the back garden waiting eagerly for me to let them in. Milo has a similar greeting style as Bella. His tail wags continuously, looks deeply into my eyes and jumps up against me in a very controlled but poised fashion. Coco is the youngest and over zealous of all three dogs, and also the most animated. She does a little tap dance around me, then runs in circles, jumps up and licks whatever part of my body is in sight.

It got me to thinking about how we greet each other when we come home. My wife certainly doesn’t run to the door and greet me excitedly. If I had to even suggest that, she’d roll her eyes and say, “I didn’t know you were looking for a Stepford wife”. I don’t greet her in an overly exuberant way either when she arrives home. The “Hi, how was your day?” is usually followed by exchanges of the highs and lows of each other’s day.

There’s a lot that our dogs teach us, especially the way that they interact with us. Isn’t it amazing how we don’t mind taking the time to greet them, “Hello Bell, what did you do today? Sleep all day?”,    “Hello Milo, did you miss me boy?” and “Hello Cocopops, how was your day?”

The lesson learned here is that if you put in the effort, you reap the rewards. In the midst of the craziness of our lives, we should make the time to connect with each other. So from now onwards, this is the new and improved me…”Honey, I’m home! Did you miss me wifey?”

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