While watching my dog look off a cliff into the abyss , I could not help but wonder what was on her mind. I am sure her worries and anxieties are not filled with the concerns that we humans share. Was she worrying at all or was the assumption that she too may worry just a projection?
Was she simply enjoying the view and the cool breeze that passed over her and brought an array of new scents? Was she watching the people below walk by with their merriment?
It is interesting the friendship between canine and man. Where one is rarely sure of the others thoughts , but a deep connection is still made. The connection is created through companionship and a shared journey. It is deepened by affection and time spent together. Gary Chapman stated that there are 5 love languages. They are words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time and physical touch.
I personally think a dog can give you words of affirmation. Every day you come home and they run to you with a wagging tail they are speaking to you through body language. They are stating ” I love you ” and ” I am happy you are home.” They are affirming that you are enough just the way you are.
Now I am not sure how my dog performs acts of service, but I know some dogs do. Service dogs provide an array of acts of service. Think of the Canine unit in the military or dogs that help humans hunt.
Now my dog has not yet brought me any gifts, but I have heard many stories of dogs bringing home birds or rabbits as gifts to their caretakers.
Jane is the master of quality time. She would spend her every waking moment with me if she was given the chance. She really is an awesome partner in crime.
Of course, our doggy friends give lots of physical touch. They constantly want to cuddle or lick your hand.
So, I guess it does not matter much what she is thinking. I know that she is thinking that she loves me, because she shows it is so many different love languages .
If you want to learn more about the 5 love languages go to www.5lovelanguages.com/.