8 Things I Learned From Angel

8. Loyalty
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Loyalty is a virtue, a very popular virtue indeed and especially one that every person requires from family and friends. Loyalty is a character trait that seems to be instinctive in dogs. They don’t have to learn it in obedience school, they just are by nature loyal. We have all heard of the stories of loyal dogs that would not leave their owners’ graves. Or of the dog that kept on waiting for its owner at the train station as it had done every day of its life: waiting for his beloved friend to return.

Like most canines, Angel is quite loyal herself. She never forgets a loved one. I see this whenever our daughter comes home for a visit. Angel gets so excited and just loves on Heather as if they’ve never been apart. I think that loyalty means remaining trustworthy no matter what. Sadly, this is not so common in people. Some lose their loyalty after a disagreement, or after some separation, or if the other party is absent. Some lose their loyalty as soon as their backs are turned. Real friends and loving families provide that soft safe place for us when we know they are loyal to us. There’s no happier place after all than where you can be yourself and be accepted and loved.

We can choose to be loyal. We can make a conscious effort to remain trustworthy no matter what happens. And thus we can bless our family and friends with our unfailing loyalty. They will love us even more. And maybe we can pass it on to them and they will also be more loyal to us or their own family and friends.

This is the end of my “lessons from Angel series”. Thank you so much for reading. I have truly enjoyed sharing this journey with you all. You are awesome and I am grateful for your precious time and attention. Angel and I thank you all so much!

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