How many of you have seen the YouTube videos of dogs welcoming their owner’s home from the military? I cry almost every time I see them. As I
watched one today, I saw another titled "Reunited After 3.5 Years!" Joplin, the dog, seems so excited and happy to see its owner. The video indicated that the owner had been incarcerated, but it is OK, it doesn’t really matter.
After watching, I wondered if they remember everything, or choose to remember only the things they want. Watching the rescue dogs that have come through my house, I have to say that for a while I feel they remember the bad things, but when they are around good things, the bad tends to fade away.
For an example, I have told you about my old foster that would hide between my legs during a walk, or at an event. Now when he is over and we go for a walk he walks out in front with the other dogs with confidence and pride. His tail is up and he prances down the street.
I recently helped a little dog at my work that was stranded during Tropical Storm Debby. He was wet, scared, had been out in it a while, his hair was long and covering his eyes. I put him in my car, called the rescue, we had a groomer come and help him while I was at work.
When I went to pick him up, he jumped on my lap, and put his head on my chest. The next day, I went to the foster's house to visit him, and he again, jumped on my lap, gave me a kiss and laid down on my lap. It was one of the most wonderful feelings. It seemed as though he was saying thank you.
This is a wonderful feeling that happens each time I see one of the dogs that have been in my home as a foster. This helps me believe the dogs do remember and they choose to remember the good things and the good people.
Why can’t we as humans do this?