During my workshops I often find myself talking about how dogs can be our best friends. They are always happy to see us, even if we just leave the room and come back a few minutes later. I know my dogs are pleased to see me as they get all giddy and excited, even if i've only been upstairs and comeback down. My human friends are always pleased to see me but they don't get all giddy when I leave the room and comback straight away. When i'm chatting with the children, we all agree that friends come in all different shapes and sizes and that we shouldn't strerotype people. This always leads onto why we shouldn't strerotype dogs. It is amazing that some people judge others on how they look and not on their individual personalities. With dogs we know they will share some breed traits of course but that doesn't define their personality.
The children love to share their stories about what their dogs like and dislike and what makes them a best friend. For instant one child shared his best friend story about his dog. He said whenever he is having a bad day, he tells his dog his worries and the dog sits and listens to him. It doesn't matter what is on his mind the dog listens to him. How nice to have a friend who you can share your feelings with, and knowing they won't judge you. Dogs take you for who you are without sterotyping, perhaps we can learn a lot from dogs.
So, in a world that can sometimes feel unkind be a best friend and listen to the people and dogs you share your life with.