If Animals Could Talk
I’m sure I’m aging myself with this one, but I used to enjoy watching re-runs of the television show, Mr. Ed The Talking Horse. There was just something about his wit and ability to put his owner, Wilbur, in line. If only our animals could talk. On second thought, that might not be so good; especially if they told what we’re like at home.
No matter what the day is like, our dogs are glad to see us and excited to spend time with us. They communicate (talk) to us in many ways. Not only do they speak to us, but I often wonder if our dogs can understand us.
I know they do understand certain words and I’ve read that some dogs can understand into the hundreds. That’s a lot when you think about it. They probably do have somewhat of an understanding of what is happening in the home.
Our little dog Daisy will adopt a certain way of ‘speaking’ to me when it’s time to eat. It’s as though she is saying, ‘Hurry up meathead, and get me my food!!’ Other times, she will hear a dog on the television and be sure to give them a piece of her mind…
Our other little dog, Watson, communicates through sniffles when we hold him. He likes to climb up onto our chest and burry his head under our chin. Then, he proceeds to whisper in our ears.
Mother used to have a parakeet when we were teens. She would love to teach it to whistle at her like the guys would do when they see someone good looking. Every time she walked into the room, that bird would give her a whistle and she felt a little better about herself that day.
Scientists tell us that animals talk all the time. In fact, they say we might learn a thing or two from them about politeness. According to recent studies, they tend to wait their turn to speak and listen to each other attentively. Hmm… Not sure if that pertains to some monkeys I’ve seen at the zoo…
It seems God has instilled in all of us, animals included, the need, and ability, to communicate. Not only with each other, but with other species as well. Understanding when my dog is hurt, hungry, happy, or even sad, will help me be a better dog owner and, in turn, will benefit us both with a stronger human/canine friendship.
The sad thing is, however, that I’ve seen animals treated with more love than family members. It’s much easier to relate with someone when they are always loving, happy to see us, and who can’t ‘talk back’. Perhaps, that’s what makes humans so special. It takes more than a pat on the head and quick food snack to keep us happy (well, that does work with me sometimes).
Jesus compared us to the birds of the air when He was talking with His disciples once. He pointed out that the smallest of birds was adorned more beautifully than even King Solomon, so why do we worry when God’s love for us is so much greater. The point being that we are special to God above the animals. Even so, He did create the animals for our enjoyment.
I know I can still learn a lot from just our dogs. Their lightheartedness, their protective nature, their need for being together, and most of all, their unconditional love. Even though they can tie us down from time-to-time, I’m glad they’re part of our lives.
So, today, here’s to all those animal friends who teach us more about life than we expected and who bring us joy. I’ll leave you today with a funny clip from the Mr. Ed show below where Mr. Ed is playing a gag on a young Clint Eastwood. It’s worth a quick watch…
Love always my friends!
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