Kindness isn’t something that should only be consciously practiced on this day. A random act of kindness every day can improve your own mood as well as those on the receiving end.
Kindness is something we extend to our dogs when we decide to adopt and welcome them into our home. Our patience and thought often helps them overcome any anxieties and fears they have, and hopefully a bond begins to build. In time, each extra consideration or kind act can be met with a wagging tail, a play bow or a paw on the arm, and we feel the love in return. The circle of kindness is complete!
But soon their day has to fit in around our busy schedule but they don’t complain because they have everything they need. They enjoy their daily walk and their breakfast; they have a favourite toy in their overflowing toy box; cuddles on the sofa in front of a fire. You have your routine together, and ALL is well in their world. There are absolutely no complaints here!
So what happens when you suddenly provide them with a new experience? A cardboard box full of paper, squeaky toys, biscuits and something extra yummy to find. Or you take the time to teach them something new and easy – like how to touch your hand. Or you take them for a walk where they make all the choices (which direction you go; how long they sniff that shrub for)! Oh the rapture! The excitement! The rush of happy chemicals flooding the brain (both yours and theirs!) It’s a little extra effort on your part, but the rewards often overflow into the rest of the day. Maybe they are more relaxed afterwards, or you start to notice your bond developing into something more than you’ve experienced so far.
So why not take this day as an opportunity to write a list of things that make your dog truly happy? So that when you feel the urge to extend a little extra kindness to your best pal, you have an instant go-to menu to choose from!