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Why Dogs are Better Than Humans

Updated on November 27, 2011

My dog is a golden retriever named Gingerbelle. She is my best friend in the entire world. On two different occasions (one emotional, one physical) she saved my life, and for that I am forever indebted to her. Caring for her well-being has taught me a very important lesson about life.

Dogs Are Better Than Humans

Now, if you don't own a dog (or if your dog isn't your best friend) then you might be quick to disagree with me. But if you read on, you will understand why I believe this, and why I feel that dogs are truly a gift from God, meant to help humans survive on this Earth.

Dogs are Loyal Protectors

The most loyal human cannot even hope to compare to the least loyal of dogs. Yes, there are times when Gingerbelle will leave my side to visit a friend, especially if there is hope for dog treats or belly scratches. She doesn't mind prancing herself over to a fellow canine to sniff his backside in greeting. But she always comes right back.

On Black Friday, 2011 I left the house while it was still dark. Poor Gingerbelle misunderstood my intentions and expected that I'd return within a few moments, as per usual. My sons and husband told me when I returned late that night that she spent the entire day lying around, looking depressed, and refusing to eat or drink until I got home.

Each night, Gingerbelle sleeps on the foot of my bed. When one of my sons tries to hug me goodnight, she noses her way between us in attempt to shove them away. And if my husband tries to cuddle, look out! Gingerbelle crawls between us and growls in his face before cuddling against me. I could not ask for a more faithful companion.

Dogs Know No Race or Creed

Gingerbelle does not know that my Fed-Ex delivery person is Hispanic. She does not know that her groomer is Italian. And she does not know that I am white. And if she did know, I'm not sure she'd even care. She bases her opinions on people by what is on the inside. Here are some examples:

  • The Bank Teller - LOVE
    She always slips a dog treat into the bank envelope when I use the drive-thru window for banking business. Not just that, but she also tells Gingerbelle how adorable she is looking. Whoever says that dogs don't know what you're saying, hasn't met my dog.
  • The Meter Reader - NO LOVE
    The first time our new meter reader met Gingerbelle, she barked up at storm at him. He made no attempt to greet her, but told her that she was a ... bad dog. In her eyes, he was a stranger on our property. She was only doing her job by letting us know he was there.
  • The Firemen - LOVE
    The guys at my husband's firehouse are all dog lovers, and Gingerbelle knows it. She knows that even though her long, silky blonde hairs are going to stick to their dark blue uniforms, they're going to pet and love on her anyway. They're fairly awesome guys.
  • A Certain Family Member - NO LOVE
    When someone walks into the house for the first time, it's customary to greet them, right? This person knows that I both own a large-breed dog, and that I value this dog more than I do most people. So when Gingerbelle rubbed, cat-like against the person's legs, there was really no need for the person to scream and overreact, thus scaring the poor dog.

Every day I strive to be half as awesome as my dog is on this front, and gauge my likes and dislikes about people based who they are, rather than what their features represent. More often than not I do okay, but after all...I am only human.

Dogs Do Not Lie (Unless They Are Sleeping)

One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone lies to me. Lying is a horrible breach of trust. If I made a habit of lying, I would be setting a terrible example for my two teenage sons. Therefore, I am always shocked and disheartened upon catching someone else in a lie. It is so easy to get caught lying, that I'm not sure why people even try.

Gingerbelle is incapable of lying. You might be thinking, "Well, duh. She's a dog, and cannot talk." But she is expressive! When she smirks, one eyebrow raises higher than the other. When she is sad, her entire face droops. She and my husband's dog are such rivals, I am sure she would readily blame him if she could, when I catch her misdeeds. But when she is guilty, she is unable to look me in the eye and just hangs her head in shame.

In summary, if people were half as awesome as dogs, I'd have far more people fall in the category of true friends in life, and far less in the "mere acquaintances" one. Fortunately, for as long as the Good Lord allows me to be her caretaker, I have Gingerbelle, the best friend a human could ever hope to find.

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    Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

    Lovely hub ... animals give us so much love the least we can do is love them unconditionally in return.

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    Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

    Our loyal farm dog passed away as well just few years back protecting our son from snakebite, although she was smart enough to avoid tiger snakes, she attacked this one before it managed to get close to our son sleeping on the open verandah...SHE IS OUR HERO...we can not live without dogs where we are, but they are more than dogs, they are loyal and respected members of family:)

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    Lisa Tippette 5 years ago from North Carolina

    What a sweet tribute to your faithful friend! I,too, treasure my dog, Ginger, more than most people. She is, in fact, my "fur-child",as I could never have kids of my own.

    Thanks for sharing your sweet story!

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    serendipitypalace 5 years ago

    Our golden/chow dog passed away a few months ago. Dogs love their people unconditionally. We should all follow suit.

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    Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Hi and congratulations on your hubnuggets nomination.

    This is a wonderful hub and I agree that dogs and many other animals can teach us so much about - humility, love, trust, loyalty and a host of other, important things. I couldn't imagine a home without a dog in it, in fact for me it wouldn't be a home at all.

    A beautiful and inspirational hub - voted up + awesome!!

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    Becky Muth 5 years ago from Harpers Ferry, WV

    Toobee, I am so sorry to hear about your loss, but glad to hear you have a new little furry friend to spend Christmas with this year. Hope it's a great one!

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    toobee10 5 years ago

    I lost my beautiful dog to a snake this year in January. My heart broke and I could not stop crying for 9 months. One day I got up the courage to look for another companion on the computer. it was only to look mind you. Well I found my new companion Chipper. I am blessed to have another great companion in my life again. He's only 31/2 months old right now but already we are so closely bonded and I agree they hold no barriers. You can be black, white, pink etc. he just loves every one and it seems that everyone loves him. thank you for your Hub

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    aygabtu 5 years ago

    Thank you for the kind words. It is definitely not like our golden retriever not to eat, although my wife did mix a bit of canned food in with her normal food tonight and she ate it all. Getting ready to head to the vet in a few mins. Hopefully they find something and it is treatable. I hate the unknown.

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    Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

    We loved our dogs and they loved us...so so much.

    but they have both gone now. I don't want another. I simply couldn't bear another dog love story...enough dog love forever...thanks for yours.

    Enjoy Hub Pages!

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    Becky Muth 5 years ago from Harpers Ferry, WV

    aygabtu - Praying your dog is okay. Not eating isn't a good sign, but they have so many reasons not to eat, not much different than humans. My dog goes on hunger strikes almost any time I leave home without her. On black Friday she didn't eat until late that night when I returned home. And when I go on vacation, if I deviate from our normal dog walker, she won't eat then, either. Good luck!

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    aygabtu 5 years ago

    Cute hub...and we have a golden retriever too. Have to take her to the vet tonight because she hasn't been eating. Fingers crossed she is ok.

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    Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

    Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination! Visit this hub to read and vote. Your hub is found in the Pets and Animals Category: http://redelf.hubpages.com/hubnuggets6/hub/How-To-...

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    Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

    Adorable hub! You've got my votes. :)

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    Miina 5 years ago from Estonia

    Really loved the story! I also had a golden retriever and couldn't agree more with you!

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    PurvisBobbi44 5 years ago from Florida

    penelopae,

    I voted up and awesome, as this is such an adorable story. I understand how you feel as my pets have owned me for quiet awhile now, and my Pom does let me live in the house with him.I love animals, and yes, sometime, they prove to be better friends than humans.They love unconditionally, and there is no great love than that in my book.

    Thanks for sharing with us such a sweet hub.

    Bobbi

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    Diana L Pierce 5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

    I love this hub. I love dogs. Voted up.