My two kids meet me at the front door if I’ve been gone, spin around in circles and are always happy to see me. They love me unconditionally and smother me with kisses. When I am sad they sense it, and try and comfort me by snuggling close … I have seen them literally lick tears from my eyes. And they are always ready to go on an adventure … all I need is a bowl and some treats. No lugging around diaper bags, play pens and bottles. No heavy suitcases to cart through an airport.
They never get angry, mad or moody. If I get angry, they might be upset for a second, but it quickly dissipates and they forget it ever happened… I don’t have to listen about it years later! They don’t keep me up at night worrying about their safety like most teenagers do. They have never spoken an unkind word about me. How many people can you say that about?
When we are riding in the car, they let me pick the radio station I want to listen to. Imagine getting to listen to the music you actually like, versus “rap” blaring from your speakers!
They are my best confidantes. I can tell them anything and they can keep the secret. They are the best listeners, and never offer a negative opinion. They don’t nag or preach at me and unless they are sick, they always have a positive attitude.
They are pretty low maintenance. Like a toddler, I have to bathe them, brush their teeth daily and feed them. Simple things. I don’t have to worry that they don’t have enough clothes, the right “fashionable clothes” or that they have outgrown their clothes. And, they love my cooking! I don’t have to fix gourmet meals for them and they never complain that the meat is overcooked or the vegetables are undercooked. They are always in the clean plate club!
And they are my best workout buddies. I run 2 miles a day, and they keep up with me. On days that I don’t feel like running, they remind me that it is time to get up and go! They never complain about the heat or being tired. We play hide and seek, Frisbee and take long walks together also. They keep me young versus my teenagers who have put every gray hair on my head.
I have two boys. I never have to worry about them getting pregnant or bringing home a spouse that won’t be good for them! And smart? They are brilliant. All the “schooling” they needed was through Bark Busters and that took less than a month. Sure we did our homework together, but there was no expensive college tuition!
If you haven’t guessed it by now, I am the father of two male Labradors. It’s a role I love! As Mark Twain says: “the more I know about people, the more I like my dogs!”
So to all the dads out there, whether you’re the father of a human or canine, Happy Father’s Day. My boys and I are going to spend the day fishing and living the good life!
By: Todd Smith, Guest Blogger