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Welcome to the Unconditional Love series, where we bring you heartfelt stories about all of the ways animals have shown unconditional love through the years. Be sure to check back each week for a different post -- and share your own story for a chance to win $50 worth of pet food.
This week, we talked to Lauren Siegel, a contributor to The Dog Daily. Here’s what she said about her pet:
What is your favorite way your pet shows you unconditional love?
It’s really difficult to have a dog, especially a relatively big dog, when you live in New York City and work all day. However, despite the fact that he’s probably crossing his legs by the time the key goes into its slot, it’s always the same amazing routine with Hesche. He hears the lock turn, and we can hear him stretch his little legs out of bed and gallop to the door. As the door swings open, his smiling face is the first thing we see. He jumps up and stretches his body to give me a hug, and attentively sits until we hook on his leash for a walk. Even though it’s stressful to rush home every night—and often leave work open ended—it doesn’t compare to the feeling of seeing Hesche’s giant grin and allowing his exuberance to wash over us. It teaches you to never underestimate how good it feels when someone is happy to see you.
What has your dog/cat taught you about unconditional love?
People often take advantage of those who love them the most. It’s a sad truth that we’re constantly working on, and surprisingly our pets are doing a pretty good job of helping us. When it comes to pets you have to give back, and show them how much you love them with your care. They teach you patience and how to reciprocate love so the other party knows how you really feel.
When was a time that your pet’s unconditional love was extra important to you?
When my childhood dog, Blue, passed away, I was devastated. I had never lost a dog before and it was a feeling that I was very unfamiliar with … and didn’t care for it at all. I’m the kind of person who likes to keep busy and distracted from anything that makes me uncomfortable and upset. I was sort of lost when I got home alone after we said goodbye at the vet, and I just plopped on the bed. Hesche not only knew Blue, but knew how much Blue meant to me. He crawled up into bed and laid his head on the pillow next to me. I shed a couple of more tears, but Hesche sat there sharing his warmth and nuzzling me until I had the strength to get up again.
Have you ever had a pet that you felt that was truly a part of your family?
Definitely! I think every pet becomes part of your family instantly. There are always things that they’ll do to put a smile on your face, and occasionally make you want to rip your hair out, but they certainly become part of the family unit. Every morning, before I leave for work, Hesche gives me a little kiss on the nose. Just like I used to do with my Grandpa. It’s become a family tradition that I expect to carry on for as long as possible.
What does your pet’s unconditional love look like?
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