My dog TOBY and I enjoy a feeling of companionship and a synchronization of feeling that is almost uncanny.
The following is an example to illustrate this synchronization:
By way of preliminary explanation, I have an alarm system in my house, and if somebody attempts to break into my house while the alarm is active, very loud sound signals are set off, and a message is sent to the police to let them know that there has been a break-in attempt.
The alarm system control box is located in the kitchen, which is at the far north end of the house. The bedroom where I sleep is located at the far south end of the house.
I have a pendant that I wear around my neck, and on this pendant there is button that will arm the alarm system, another button that will disarm the system, and a red panic button. The signal from these buttons will reach the system control box from any location in the house.. The red panic button will call the police.
When my waje-up alarm goes off in the morning, I sit up on the side of my bed and reach for the pendant that I use to disarm the alarm system in my house. My dog TOBY, who sleeps on his bed next to mine, watches me do this. As mentioned, the control panel for the alarm system is at the far distant north end of the house, and my bedroom is at the far south end of the house. When I wake up in the morning and am sitting on the side of my bed, TOBY and I both know that, when I press the "disarm" button on the pendant, we should hear the voice in the command box at the far other end of the house say "Disarm - Stay", and we both know that, unless we hold our breath we will not hear the voice over the sound of our breathing.
So - when I am ready to push the "disarm" button on my pendant, TOBY and I both look each other in the eye and we both hold our breath, and then when we hear the "Disarm - Stay" voicewe resume breathing. We know that our mission has been accomplished.
The foregoing is just one example of how my dog TOBY and I live and think and react together. This closeness of feeling and compassion is all part of a bond that has been created between us that is priceless.
TOBY has brought much joy and happiness to me during my retirement years, and hopefully this story will serve to remind other persons facing their retirement years that having a dog is an option that should be seriously considered.