There is something pretty amazing about watching a mom or dad dog lean over a newborn pup and lick his face clean or nudge him to leave his sister alone.
In fact, parenthood has it’s various cults and cliques and they each have their place, but there are times when I swear that maybe we might all could do ourselves a favor and just watch dog families for a while.
That is, if we really want to learn a bit about the art of parenting and what really matters.
Dogs are loving, but they rarely spoil their pups.
A mama pooch’s eyes often reveal her deep undying patience, that’s for certain. But they also are quick to show a steady deliberate calm, a million year old resolute not to fawn over her young. Dog parents put their puppies first, but only to a point. They give them the necessary love they need to feel at ease in this crazy new world they’ve been dropped into, but they don’t typically smother them with excess affection to the point of softening them to life.
I like watching dogs. And I especially like watching new puppies hanging out with their moms and dads. Their is a wild and foreign kind of love at work there, a very strong and very different one from human love in a lot of ways. And a very similar one to ours in a lot of ways too.
I’m not certain that people can learn tons from dogs about parenting. Our jobs are infinitely different when it comes to that. But one thing I do know for sure. Seeing puppies standing or sleeping alongside their very own parents somehow, in some small way, makes the world a much better place.
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