They forgive our moods, forgive our misplaced anger, forgive our forgetfulness- and ask for nothing.
They give their loyalty, their love, sometimes their lives- and take nothing.
They do not rationalize why they do this; a neglected dog does not identify himself as a victim, does not devise a way to get even for an injustice. He recognizes the guardian is doing what he can with the tools available to him. He understands the guardian does not see him as an equal, an animal with a soul,
part of The One. And he knows the guardian cannot be held to a standard the guardian does not understand.
There is no fault or blame to place at the feet of his human companion because the human stands in the shadow of enlightenment. And he loves the guardian for the things unseen, the hidden good not yet brought to the forefront, because that is how he was made - unconditional love in it’s almost perfect form, untainted by the Human ego that rales against the real and imagined threats to defend itself.
Everyday our animal companions teach how to be tolerant, to forgive, to be kind to those less educated in the way of a peaceful life than ourselves. To love without condition.
It is a quality worth emulating, if only for even a brief moment when anger and intolerance drowned out our inherent kindness. We are born in perfection; it is a natural State of Being for us to be kind to one another, to be forgiving, to love one another – the rest we learn.
Maybe it is time to unlearn some lessons and become more like our animal companions.