I’m a “Drug Addict”. Let me “splain” it to you. I have a five-year-old Westie named Shelton, a West Highland White Terrier, and my close friend and roommate Paul has a Miniature Poodle named Max that’s six months old.
Not all the time, but once in a while, Shelton and Max will be in my bed chilling with me as I’m napping. Normally I sleep on my right side and Shelton will be snuggled up against the small of my back and I’ll reach over with my left hand and pet him while he’s lying there. Max, will quite often be laying there on my left hip or leg and just be chillin’ out like Shelton, (after he’s finished licking my face and any other part of my body that’s not under my blanket like my arms and hands).
Tonight, as I was lying there awake and just about ready to get up, I turned over onto my back. Shelton was in his favorite position on his side, still along my left side, and Max was on my right side in his favorite sleeping position on his back with his legs in the air. I laid on my back for 45 minutes, petting Max and Shelton the whole time, gently rubbing Max’s belly, and petting/rubbing Shelton in a similar manner.
What happened next, gradually over those 45 minutes we ALL have experienced and most if not all of us understand what happens in our brain when this experience occurs. Certain chemicals are released in our brain that give us that “Happy” feeling we all have experienced (Google it).
You know, that warm fuzzy feeling that only happens with our furry friends and with our human babies….Our toddlers like when I used to sit in my recliner watching TV with my one year old son sleeping on my chest, and years later with my daughter, asleep in the same comfort of my unconditional love.
Tonight, was special in that I laid there on my back for 45 minutes experiencing a gradual rise of “Happy” culminating in a brief moment when I was taken back to 1953 when I five, and my dog Trixi. Tears, just a few, welled up in my eyes as I laid there on my back, giving Shelton and Max love, and for that moment remembering her, and the shared unconditional love that we had between us. Those tears were tears of an almost euphoric happiness as I experienced that part of the 45 minutes with Shelton and Max. Now THAT, is why we love our furry friends.
I also have to say that we ALL have from the moment of birth, that natural ability to love in that special, unconditional kind of way that is different than sexual attraction and other types of love, like love for our muscle-bound body, or bag of golf clubs kind of love.
I’ve included separate photos of Max and Shelton as a Meme only (for FB) because I obviously could not capture the real moment of them asleep next to me on my cellphone camera tonight.
Yes, I’m a Drug Addict, I’m addicted to UNCONDITIONAL LOVE and all the good chemicals released in my brain that makes me feel the way I do, happy.
That kind of love has no boundaries. Not religious, nor social, racial or political. I truly believe that as a species, we already have the natural capacity to love one another with that innocent unconditional kind of love. Our species will eventually evolve to that kind of love for ALL our fellow citizens of this wonderful planet we call Earth.
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Peace & Abide, La paz y la morada, السلام والالتزام , שלום ושמירה, Paix et Demeure, Խաղաղությունը եւ մնալը, Мир и пребывание,, 平和と遵守, 和平與恪守, Aştî û Abad, صلح و عبید, Fred och Abide, Kapayapaan at Patuloy, Frieden und Bleiben, Mir i Ostanite, शांति और निवास, Hòa bình và ở lại, Мир и Абиде, שלום און בלייַבן, สันติภาพและการปฏิบัติ, Mir in bivanje,
Yadhum oore yaavarum kelir, “The World Is One Family”
Dr. T. C. Saxe, DD, RSISHE
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