What's my dog trying to tell me?
Updated: Nov 18, 2021
Don't you just wish you could communicate with your furry friends sometimes? Of course, we can share all of the "I love you's" and "be a good boy while mommy is gone" but what would your dog say to you if he or she could?
As I'm sitting here writing this, my English Cream Golden Retriever is literally sitting on my feet. I read recently it means they are taking ownership of you, they are claiming you as their owner. Good to know since I am the one who feeds him, takes him for long walks, endures his antics as he hunts for raisins (deer poop), picks the cockleburs out of his fur and lets him snuggle up in the bed with me after dad has gone to work. Golden Retrievers are definitely the best snuggle buddies.
But what else could he be saying? Those big puppy dog eyes looking back at me seem like they could hold some deep, mysterious thoughts. Or maybe they are just dreaming of the next biscuit from TLC or chasing a bird through the fall leaves.
There are some pretty clear indicators of simple things our dogs are trying to tell us. My English labradors and golden retrievers typically have a "tail-tail" sign of when they need to go to the bathroom, when they want their dinner, or begging you for a piece of that fried chicken on a Sunday afternoon.
Here's a great article from the Canine Journal with a guide to your dog's body language! I found several of these things super helpful in explaining a few things about my English Labs and English Cream Golden Retriever's behavior.
Ultimately, you should know that if your dog could talk, he/she would probably tell you how much they love you, how they think you're wonderful, and they are here for you any time you need them. That's why they call them "man's best friend", right? No matter what happens, your dog is always there to hold when you need to cry, to offer up a listening ear with no judgment and loves you unconditionally.
There is only one other that offers such love, but on an even deeper level - Jesus Christ. The offer to come to Jesus is always open. His arms are stretched wide and waiting to welcome you in, just as you are. Many people get it confused and think they have to clean up their messy lives before they can come to Jesus, but He is the one that does the cleaning up. Anything we do in and of ourselves just stays messy. Only through His redemptive worked can we be made new. Check out 2 Corinthians 5:17.
So, while you're pondering about what's going through the mind of that dog of yours, take a second to think about what God says about you. As much love as you have for your beloved Labrador retriever puppy, don't you think our Heavenly Father has more for you?
Perhaps we should be contemplating what the Lord wants to tell us. Open up the Word today and discover what God wants to share with you.
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