If you have a dog, watch him closely and see what he does and how he reacts. You'll quickly realize, likely much to hour surprise, just how much smarter he sometimes is than you, particularly when it comes to common sense matters.
How many times have you been out at a picnic or some other outdoor activity when you are totally surprised by a violent thuderstorm? Often this is even the case despite storm warnings having been issued in plenty of time. My departed dog Gretchie, a wonderful rescue "mutt" with a big heart and keen sense of her surroundings, always knew in advance when the weather was going to change, often whimpering to let me know.
Or how about times when you have ventured places which are not really a good idea on a dark night? Dogs have their sixth sense "radar" operating in full gear, sensing danger and getting ready. My two Great Pyrenees station themselves under our side deck where they hear and see anything approaching. If they sense it could possibly be a foe, they will go under two trees in the darkness and start their deep but powerful bark which only a complete fool would disregard.
And you've probably noticed how when people approach you they measure the scene and quickly can tell from body language if they are friend or foe. They don't get "taken to the cleaners" like we do.
And what do they require for their loyalty and sometimes bravery that they are willing to display for us, often at the risk of harm to themselves? Just a little love, maybe a friendly word or pat on the head and a little food and water. Can you imagine many humans showing devotion for so little? Oh, there are some but not many but, then again, they don't call dogs man's best friend for nothing.
And besides all of the above, there is nothing like coming home after a long day at work, tired and often discouraged, to be met by a wagging tail and smiling eyes. I have been fortunate to have a number of dogs who knew the time of day I would be returning and be waiting at the gate for me to drive up the lane. Somehow it totally changed my outlook and erased any cares I might have. No way I could avoid breaking out into a huge smile and giving them a quick pat and a rub.
So next time you think that you have all the answers, check things out with your dog. Or, if you don't have one, consider adding one to your family. The security, loyalty and love the give is priceless and it certainly adds to the joy of life. The good Lord knew what He was doing when he created them, for they are truly His gift to all of us.
Dogs, you just gotta' love 'em.