We have a dog, a white German Shepherd, Tantanka. Yeah, he’s a beast at 105 pounds and his name means White Buffalo. He is loyal to my husband to a fault. He follows him around and is always underfoot. He doesn’t get the idea of staying out of the way or even keep your paw down (he loves to shake!), but he’s always right there. He can even sense when my husband puts his shoes on in the other room. He’s immediately up and waiting, certain he’s going outdoors.
I read a news article not long ago on Yahoo about a family's German Shepherd in another country. The father of the family actually bought the dog for his teenage son. Without giving details, the story says the father passed away. But when the boy’s father died, the dog disappeared. It was a full week later before they found the dog---at the cemetery by the grave. How can that happen? According to the story the family has repeatedly brought the dog back home, but the dog returns to the gravesite and still watches over the grave, for a full six years now!
This kind of loyalty is obviously beyond the scope of normal, especially since it made the news. Still, the idea of having a dog like this is very appealing (at least to me!) I understand dogs are innately loyal and usually to the one who feeds them. That said, my husband is the one who feeds the dog (and cat!) They have this routine they follow every night. It’s rather cute, really. Both animals seem to know when it’s feeding time --and if he closes his computer, they are both up, certain it's time for dinner!
Do you ever wonder if people could be so loyal? In marriage, loyalty is supposed to be prime, but in our world today, divorce rates remain high. Statistics vary, depending on the source, but clearly loyalty to our married mates, seems to be on rocky ground! People aren’t always loyal in the workplace either, and certainly I would question loyalty when you discuss the political arena!
Our society overall, has become culturally disloyal. Rather than thinking about how we can help our neighbor we are consumed with a self-serving, I’ve got to be first and have the most, attitude! This mindset breaks down relationships! In careers where the idea is to have the largest office with the highest pay predominates our business world! When you include the hundreds of other people who want nothing more than to climb that same corporate success ladder, it is no wonder loyalty is out the window!
I much prefer the dog mentality! I’d rather be loved and have success with a loyal dog than be in a tug of war, “dog eat dog” world where everyone (or at least most everyone) is self-serving and out to knock you off that “infamous corporate ladder.” Honest caring is much more appealing even if it brings in less income. Besides, what good is lots of income if you’re unhappy and have no one truly special to share it with? So I challenge you to look at your world. I wonder, would families do better looking to their dogs to completely understand the meaning of “loyalty?”