THROUGHOUT A HUMAN’S LIFETIME, friends will come and go. Just as the seasons change, so, too, will the people in them. The friends of our childhood rarely journey with us into adulthood. The closeness of friends in one town may not remain after a cross-country relocation. It is the way of things.
But the friendship of a dog can weather all of those seasons, perhaps because the seasons for the dog are so much shorter. They are not easily disappointed. They are quick to forgive if ever they take offense. Dogs willingly trust their persons, even when the humans don’t deserve it. Dogs are free in giving their love and adoration, reckless even. For those people willing to become persons to a dog, the payoff can be years of deep connection with another. Dogs can—and are—the friends we wish to always have.
The truth of it, of course, is that humans typically live much longer than dogs. That’s the tradeoff: along with the abiding love and loyalty from your fourlegged, faithful friend is the very real probability that you will outlive your friend.
So, is the price of the tradeoff worth the emotional cost?
Without a doubt.
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