--Dave Barry (author)
I’ve always wondered what it would be like to be a dog. I’ve looked into my dogs eyes and tried to read what he was thinking about. What exactly is going on in that pint-sized brain? Is it chew toys, food, or is it something deeper? I’ve always wondered if we’ve always been wrong and that dogs aren’t all that dumb. I’m not saying that dogs are smarter than humans and are plotting to take over the world. I’m just wondering if dogs are smarter than we assume.
Although I don’t know what dogs are thinking about I know what they’re not thinking about: worries. Dogs might as well have they’re life narrated by Bob Marley because dogs don’t have to worry about a thing. Well, at least not the things humans worry about. They don’t have to worry about tests, homework, or school – this I envy. They just run around for half of the day doing hilarious stuff that you wish you got on camera, and sleep the other half. The fact that most dogs have a loving owner who will do anything for them must be great. They don’t have to worry about food, shelter, a warm place to sleep, or medicine. I know that if my dog Rocco were to all of a sudden become deathly sick I would skip school and give away everything I have to get him better.
The funny thing about dogs is how they’ve affected our culture. In a movie, if one of the supporting characters dies we don’t get all that sad. But if a dog dies you might as well just get to the store and buy all the tissues you can find. And when you’re crying, you’ll most likely feel a little wet nose start to nudge your hand. More than likely this will is your dog who seems to know exactly why you’re crying. This is another thing dogs could be thinking about – you. Because dogs are pack animals, they depend on their ability to sense their pack’s emotions. This means that when you or a family member is happy, your dog will want to play and jump around. When you’re sad they’ll try to love and embrace you. That’s what makes dogs such damn good family members.
As I’m writing this, I do realize that many dogs do have worries: shelter dogs. These dogs are abandoned by their families and found in the streets or places where they seek shelter, near death and starving. They have to worry about more things than most humans do, things like shelter, food, torture, and making it out of fight rings alive. These dogs need loving owners and a warm place to call home. Organizations like the Humane Society try to bring the plight of shelter dogs to the attention of the public, but people just keep torturing these poor animals. It needs to stop.
Anyway, back to the average dog’s happy life. Dogs are lucky to have some of the freedoms that they have, yet unlucky to not have a voice to be able to rid themselves of dogfights and animal cruelty.