America

10 Sep

Wow. I’ve been gone A LONG TIME. Sorry about that. A lot of things changed since then. For one, I moved to America. I was born and raised in Hungary, and never even set foot in the Land of the Free, so this is a big change for me. And what I wanted to write about today is my experience dog-wise.

The first thing I noticed is that almost everyone has a dog. Mostly small ones, but size here doesn’t matter. What matters, is that people who keep dogs here actually love their dogs more than they love themselves. This is such a refreshing thing to see. Happy dogs. Not just happy because someone loves them, but happy because that someone actually loves herself. In most places people keep animals to fill some kind of hole in their hearts. They keep pets, because their not satisfied with themselves, and they’re hoping, that a dog, or cat, or hamster will make them love themselves. Well, guess what. They don’t do that. They’re not made for that.

California is the first place where I saw, that people make themselves happy before they could make a little baby creature happy. I applaud you, people who identify themselves with this! This is the most noble and mature thing you can do, and nothing makes me happier than seeing these pairs.

You see, dogs look up to an owner who is the ultimate alpha dog. Like Cesar Milan. People who are healthy and happy, and know how to keep themselves that way. People who know what they want, and instead of whining, actually get those things. These are the happy, healthy people. The people dogs look up to. If you’re not sure of yourself, if you don’t have a strict schedule, or you’re self conscious, don’t get a dog just to change yourself. If you need a dog to change, then the dog won’t ever be able to change you. Remember that. I fell into that trap.

If you need a dog to change, than a dog won’t ever be able to change you.

What do you look for in a dog? Manners, potty trained, maybe some cool tricks, sleep through the night, be able to walk without a leash, etc… And of course, when you get the 10 week old fluffball, these things are already typed in his genes. As they were typed into yours too. No. It doesn’t work this way. A dog like this needs work. Hard work. So of course, you look at people with big dogs, dogs who wake up their owners at the morning and stuff, and you think ‘I need a dog to build me a routine’. Guess what. A dog does not know what a routine is. YOU have to tech it to him. And guess what. You don’t know what a routine is either.

A dog can change you. But first, you need manners, you need to be potty trained, you need to know some cool tricks, and you need to live according to a strict schedule. Like kids, dogs look up to those, who know all the things that they’re teaching them.

So before you buy a dog, think about who you are. Your goals. Schedule. Friends. Friday nights. Because guess what. A dog changes EVERYTHING.

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