PAST EDITOR'S MESSAGE | SUMMER 2008
Camille Mayorga, DRT
About 5 months ago, my 3 children and I picked out a puppy from the Sacramento Shelter. She is some sort of mixed breed pup with brindle coloring and a long tail. We named her Zoey. We have never had a family dog before, knowing that they require lots of attention and training. My husband felt that the kids were now old enough to help with a puppy, and the boys can come home directly after school to spend time with her.
I had never understood why people are so crazy about their dogs. They lick and jump and bark and need so much attention! Even after the first several weeks of dog ownership, I had not changed my mind. Sure, I liked her, but still not excited about the whole dog thing.
Now 5 months later, we are all in love with Zoey. I had read somewhere that everything you need to know about life you can learn from your dog. I know that dogs live in the moment. They don't hold grudges or fret over the past. Each moment is here and now and to be enjoyed. Dogs don't worry about what may or may not happen. Sure they look forward to a possible afternoon romp in the dog park, but stretching out on a warm lawn with the sunshine on your fur is glorious too.
Dogs love unconditionally and with great abundance, they don't hold back. I love the feeling Zoey gives to me when I walk in the door after a long day at work. She comes running to me with her long tail wagging and the look on her face makes me feel like a hero. Dogs understand how to live in the moment; we can all learn from this, it's a dog's life after all.