|"Nothing but love"|
A dog exists purely to love; it is the overriding factor which defines their nature. Should they ever lose this opportunity to give love to another, they find themselves feeling worthless, helpless, and deeply miserable; waiting for another opportunity to arise. In this respect, a dog is no different from a human being; always needing a speck of acknowledgement, that their love makes a positive difference to the world.
Of the collection, a dishevelled yet beautiful golden Jack Russell, stood out amongst the crowd. While the other breeds seemed happy to enjoy the odd nom and stroke from passers by, little Jack just sat there, barely mobile; his lowered head hanging on his tired paw, and his eyes carrying the saddest look of pure dejection I have seen in anybody - animal or human. He conveyed an essence of a soul who had given all the love and affection he was able to muster, and was rewarded with the rejection of being dumped, for doing so; even us humans can understand the crushing feeling that evokes.
A dog asks for little from their human best friend, yet gives everything back in return. They will allow themselves to be abused, ignored, neglected, and kept in awful conditions; purely for the opportunity to give love. Dogs see only the good in humanity, and are forever the eternal, loyal optimist; even if the Queen offered a homeless canine a prime spot beside the Dorgis in Buckingham Palace, they would still remain true to the unconditional love of the buddy they live with.
As humans, evolution of concious thought and civilisation has rendered love a complex, confusing, and sometimes ridiculous notion; making it feel almost impossible to simply give love without compromise. Dogs do not concern themselves with conditions – whether internal or physical, or where they sit on the food chain of life. They simply wake up each day and say to their family "I love you, and I hope you will choose to love me back, make me happy, not punish me anytime I get a little overexcited, and most importantly - never abandon me!" It is always a trememdous risk to give our heart to another. But without these risks, life is a long, boring line of empty feelings and bland ideas. Nobody wants to experience the dark and painful feelings of rejection which burn so fierce, but sometimes we need to risk everything; a lesson we can learn from these humble creatures .
As far as the Jack Russell with the sad eyes is concerned, providing he is offered a second chance at love and a brand new forever home, he will yet again give his new family all the love and compassion he can pull from within. And unlike us human beings - who struggle with forgiveness, he will shed all memories of the past, and only see the future; free of cynicism and fear. If the courage to give pure love with every ounce of our hearts is a form of magic, then dogs, are undeniably magical. I later discovered the fate of our lovely little friend...
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