It isn’t what they say about you, it’s what they whisper.
Have you ever heard a dog gossip? Me neither.
But if they could, would they? I guess that’s besides the point. Humans definitely gossip, even if they won’t admit to it. As Barbara Walters reveals, “Show me someone who never gossips, and I’ll show you someone who isn’t interested in people.” In other words, most of us will, at least at one point in our lives, gossip–whether intentionally or not. Although there are obvious reasons as to why we do–insecurities, social approval, social connection, excitement, etc.–gossip is downright hurtful.
I could go on about how gossip spreads rumors, and how rumors often lead to false or exaggerated ‘truths’, but this is common knowledge. We’ve all been subject and object of gossip, and we know how much fun it is as well as how harmful it can be–both to one’s emotions and reputation.
Dogs, on the other hand, are blessed, in a way, for not having the ability of speech (this could surely be contested.) Other than transfer of knowledge through language, what is the point of verbal communication? Considering that we primarily use non-verbal language to communicate anyway, language plays a pretty small–yet effective–role in our conversations. Dogs, who do not worry so much about language, put more emphasis on analyzing our non-verbal cues (this includes the tone of our voice.) As a result, they seem to decipher our true intent rather than utter bullshit. If we could learn a thing or two from dogs, it would be that we should be placing as much attention to these non-verbal traits rather than verbal diarrhea.
My dog, who lack this amazing quality, does not seem to care much of it; instead, he live his life with utmost appreciation and satisfaction. However, many dogs–and other animals–suffer from this inability as well (i.e., puppy mills, pet stores, etc.) So, why not use our amazing gift to speak up for them and get involved in the beautiful movements in favor of animal rights? (Side note: I will eventually write a post on this in more depth, promise!) Who knows, you may be allowing other dogs to become Buddhists, like mine!