Morgan's adoring expression made me think of an article I read by Dr. Suzanne Phillips, clinical psychologist at Long Island University. Dr. Phillips writes how pets can teach us about improving our relationships with our wives, husbands, partners, spouses, or significant others. I'll take it one step further and say what pets can teach us about the way we treat each other in general.
Dr. Phillips asks some insightful questions. See how you do?
First: No matter how you feel and what mood you are in, you greet your pet with a positive, even animated hello and often with a display of physical affection. How often do you do this with your spouse? Or even your friends?
Second: How many times have you been waiting at home for your spouse, irritated that they're late and then when they finally arrive we greet them at the door with "Did you get the dry cleaning?" "I hope you didn't forget the milk?" "Did you mail my letter?"
I know when I'm late and irritated there is no better welcome home than hearing Morgan's tail thump, thump, thump on the floor as I turn the key in the door.