The purest love

If you ask just about any dog lover what it is that they love so much about dogs, they’re practically obligated to mention the phrase “unconditional love”. Unlike most things – although I might be biased – I am inclined to classify this as fact, not opinion. Even puppies who have been raised in abusive homes are known to try to protect the very humans who hurt them. 
  
Naturally, this is important to anyone. It is human nature to want to be accepted and loved. As a person with a disability I will take that one step (tire rotation?) further. No matter how great my support system is – more on that later – there will always be parts of my disability that are inconvenient to those around me. Do you know who has never cared even one bit about my disability? My dog. Actually, any of my dogs. I’m pretty sure it would be literally impossible for them to care any less – and that is an amazing feeling. 

  
Growing up, even before I used my wheelchair full time, I had a dog. He adjusted very quickly as I moved from a manual wheelchair to an electric chair; some might see this as an anomaly. I thought so too…except my post-high school roommate’s dog, who didn’t grow up with wheelchairs, never had an issue with it either. In fact, without much coaching she learned to place her front paws on my lap so I could easily pet her. Everyone I knew was blown away by the fact that my brand new Pomeranian puppy taught himself to ride around on my foot plates. I thought somehow this made him special…except my new chihuahua puppy taught himself the same thing. To them, the wheelchair wasn’t odd or inconvenient; it was just part of the human who they loved so much. 

  
The fact of the matter is that there’s no human that could ever be as selflessly loving as a dog. It’s not in our nature to overlook “flaws”; it’s something that we generally have to work towards. Dogs, though? We don’t deserve dogs…but I’m sure glad we’ve got ’em. 

  

  
Side note: Basically this whole post was an excuse to share pictures of my dogs…because, well, dogs. 

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8 thoughts on “The purest love”

  1. Wow, I have tears welling up in my eyes. What a beautiful post about the beautiful bond we have with dogs. While I am not in a wheelchair (yet), I have difficulty with my legs. My 65-pound border collie boxer, Violet, learned how to jump up into my lap in my recliner chair without touching my bad leg after I had a full knee replacement. She wanted to comfort me and that was how she did it. Now, at 13 and full of arthritis in her back end, she doesn’t jump up but she will put her head on the chair if I have the leg rest up and nuzzle if she knows I am in pain. She will even bark at the cat if it is in my way so that I don’t trip. We thought the first time was a fluke until she kept it up every time the cat was in my way!

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