Smokie has been a therapist to me. He has been around me whenever I needed company, was feeling low, or nursing my broken heart. Humans shouldn’t take for granted how much dogs can make you feel loved and wanted, and rid you of your loneliness. And what do they want in return- just a bit of love, and of course, food. Not a very bad deal, eh? While you may be greeted with glum faces after arriving home from a hard day at work, your dog will make you feel like a million dollars. They never leave your side, sometimes even when you go to the bathroom. And yes, Smokie has an added advantage – he can smile! It has been proven that Dalmatians possess special facial muscles which enable them to smile whenever they are very happy, nervous or in trouble. Though it might sound scary for people who don’t know that he is smiling, every time we return home from outside , we would always be greeted with a smile. Even the maid and the milkman are not spared.
We thank God for bringing Smokie into our lives. He always manages to bring a smile to our faces, even in bad times. Doesn’t a creature that spreads so much love and goodwill deserve to be nurtured, respected, and cared for in the best possible ways? For he isn’t just a dog, he is a member and the ‘goodwill ambassador’ of our family, and in him lies a little piece of each of our hearts.