Dogs – the best friend of man. Growing up, I’ve seen how true this idea is as my family has had a dog for most of my life. Fiercely loyal and intelligent, the dogs we had when I was a boy had many of the hallmarks of a great pet.
Then enters my sister’s dog.
Over the past little bit, I’ve been recruited to pet-sit my sister’s tiny Morkie (a Maltese-Yorkie mix) every now and again. While she shares the Yorkie heritage with our old dogs, the fuzzy rat known as Daisey is definitely a breed of her own. This dog possesses the attention span of a 2-year-old hyped up on sugar. Her excited little bark, one we hear often, is of an ear-splittingly high pitch. And if you leave her alone for too long, she gets upset and leaves you a nice little present on the floor.
My favorite word to describe Daisey is doofus. But a doofus that is still lovable. And as much as I hate to admit it, I’ve seen some things to learn from her.
When my sister first adopted Daisey, I had a lot of free time spent at home which meant a lot of time with the dog in her craziest days. There were several days where she wore my nerves down to their breaking point. I never got to the point of abusing her, but there were many times where I was far from nice to her.
Honestly, I wouldn’t have been surprised if Daisey never warmed up to me with my less-than-stellar treatment of her. I had been mean to her so she wouldn’t be able to trust me. But that’s not how the story went.
Despite my unloving attitude towards Daisey, she never stopped trying to love me. She’s still happy when I play fetch with her and, as I’m writing this, she’s snuggled up on my lap taking a snooze.
I’m not the only one who gets this attention from her. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Daisey not love on someone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a total stranger or been a jerk to her, she will still do her best to love on you.
This unconditional and seemingly unending love is something so pure and it shows me a picture of how I feel we should love each other. Over the past couple years, I’ve found my heart breaking more and more over conflicts. I know that, to a degree, conflict is a necessary part of life for us to grow. But I see many of the conflicts between people as pointless, just a show of how much hatred and darkness exists in our broken world.
See, Daisey’s unquestionable love for people reminds me of Jesus’ love for people. It knows no bounds. It continues even in the face of adversity. It is pure and unselfish and demands nothing in return. Seeing this type of love in man’s best friend has reminded me time and time again of our Best Friend’s love, of the example of Jesus’ love for us. And through that, I’m reminded that we, too, are called to love in such a fashion and be our fellow man’s best friend.