So often we forget to laugh. We forget that above all laughter and in turn happiness, are the things that keep us healthiest of all. My Reuben makes me laugh . . . lots!
He has a succession of facial expressions that make it incredibly clear most days exactly what is going through his mind. His incredulity at the thought that “no, I don’t wish to go out right now,” his further disbelief that I don’t feel that a bag of salt and vinegar chips is part of the right diet for him and other little gems like these and his absolute classic indignant bark when I have not paid attention to him in the last hour or so and he needs a cuddle.
If I’ve been busy working from home at my computer likes to play a game of fetch with anything that will garner my attention. Consequently he has a habit of quietly going into a room in the house, finding the most inappropriate thing and calmly bringing it back and sitting down beside me as I work and proceed to start gentling gnawing on it. Needless to say my attention is captured and we then proceed to play for 5-10 minutes until he feels that I have had a long enough break from work to keep me sane and healthy.
I’m always so chuffed at how thoughtful he is towards my health and well-being in ensuring I get enough breaks during the day, especially when it is raining and we don’t get out for a walk. Many will see this as a backwards way of looking at the interaction between Reuben and I and that’s ok. I’m going to continue looking at it in the way I do now, because I believe it is conducive to a happier life if you believe that others are looking out for your best interests.
I will admit I don’t do this as easily with people, but Reuben is definitely showing me that it is a very positive thing to do with a dog. :-)