Animals are great equalizers, aren’t they? Anyone who has ever lived with a cat will know what it is to be humbled by a creature less than a foot tall. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you have achieved in your life, if you don’t have his dinner ready on time, you ain’t worth nothin’. Most days, I am pretty sure my cat is happier when I am not around. I swear he sneers at me when I walk in the door.
“Oh, you came back… How quaint.”
For all he knows, I spent the day solving world peace. For all he cares, I may as well spend the day poking holes in the ground. He’ll leave hairballs at my bedside all the same.
Dogs often appear to be the exact opposite. It doesn’t matter how much you fail or if you are living homeless in your car, your dog will think you are the coolest thing ever. Last January when I was laid off from work, the very first friend I saw was my dog. She didn’t feel bad or sorry for me. She didn’t think I was a loser for being out of work. She thought it was awesome to have me home with her all day.
“It’s mid-morning and you’re still here? Woo hoo! Party time!”
Dogs are also willing to celebrate every success, no matter how small. Find a missing necklace? Yahoo! Finish a level in a video game? Let’s dance! Figure out how to add social media buttons to your website? Crack open the Champagne! ( What’s the canine equivalent? A can of cat food?)
Dogs don’t care how ridiculous you are or how high your social standing. They don’t care if you ever get that promotion or if you remain in the mail room. As long as you are up for throwing the ball just one more time, they will trot beside you with pride.
Of course, just because your dog thinks you are Queen of the Universe, it doesn’t mean you always get treated as such. You could have discovered the cure for cancer, but your dog will have no qualms vomitting on your shoes. Sports hero of the year or assistant to the head janitor, you may still find yourself expressing your dog’s anal glands.
After all, even the President of the United States of America has to pick up poop.