Marie Forleo, a motivational figure, says, “The world needs that special gift that only you have.” And it’s true
And the same is true for animals, namely, breeds of dogs. Think of all the different types of people there are. You can describe yourself as an introvert, detail oriented, happy-go-lucky, morose, realist, optimist, etc, etc There are so many different types of people, and all are good. It’s how we’re created. All are needed, which is why we’re all here.
But sometimes we get caught up in who someone else is, and we want to be like them. Sometimes we follow what media or Pinterest tells us we need to be. Sometimes it is a complete accident and we’re not even trying to be someone else, we’ve just completely lost track of, or never even known, who we truly are.
But sometimes we need to look deeply within ourselves and find the true us. The beautiful, lovely person you were created to be. Because it feels so good to embrace it. So at home.
Knowing yourself equates to a happier life, and an article from business website Inc.com states, “High levels of self-awareness have been linked with personal development, healthy relationships, and effective leadership.”
This is where breeds of dogs come to mind. The World Canine Organization recognizes 340 different breeds of dogs. If you want to take a more conservative view, the American Kennel Club recognizes 167. Still, that is a crazy amount of different types of dogs.
Most of us are only exposed to a handful of those, like the most common ones: Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Chihuahuas, Shih Tzus- I’m sure you get it and know some more. But there are tons of types of canines that most people are surprised about. Breeds that are very rare and the average person would hardly ever get the chance to see, let alone recognize if he or she did.
The Puli with its twisted cords of hair.
The Afghan Hound’s long, pointed features and beautiful floor sweeping hair.
The Bedlington Terrier and its sheep like face and fur.
The Ibizan Hound with long, rabbit-esque ears.
If you’re a dog lover, you may not be surprised, but most people are shocked there are so many different types of dogs out there.
The American Kennel Club divided dogs into 7 groups: terrier, toy, working, sporting, hound, non-sporting, and herding. These groups are based on the original work the dog was bred to do.
For example, Pugs, part of the Toy Group, are thought to be bred just to be lap dogs. Pretty cushy life. That’s why the Pugs I’ve known were happy to just sit around their houses. Border Collies, a member of the Herding Group, however, were bred to herd sheep. Hence, they hone in on tiny movements, and have to be chasing things all the time.
And the differences between the different breeds goes on and on. There’s the contrast in size, like the Great Dane vs. the Chihuahua. The color diversity in the handsome dark Newfoundland and the brilliant white Great Pyrenese. The body style variances as in the Greyhound and the American Staffordshire Terrier (Pitbull).
And the same is true with us as people. We are so different. Yet we are still all people, just as all those crazy critters are all still part of the same canine family.
As a dog lover, I can tell you I love every single type of dog, no matter its differences. They are all necessary. They all have a function in dog world. Each dog, individually and by breed, have their roles, and are happy to fulfill them.
But, what if a dog from the toy group, who are made to be less active companion dogs, watched videos of a dog from the working group, (who were bred to help people) all day, and decided it would disregard who it was made to be, and instead tried to mimic its friend? It would be one worn out little dog, and probably not very happy.
Or if a herding dog like the German Shepard tried to be a Hound, like my own regal Foxhound, and sniff around all day? He’d be much less successful.
Thankfully, dogs know who they are. There is zero of the mass identity confusion and wannabe syndrome that exists in us flawed people. Our brains are to blame, as we are wired with far more intellectual capabilities than our lovely 4 legged friends, so we are allowed to start thinking about such things like who we wish we could be. It is far more helpful to think about who we are supposed to be.
I realize there are some dogs with identity crises such as those huge dogs who think they are lap dogs. It is quite comical, and it’s obvious they are too big and heavy to be in a lap. But sometimes it’s not so obvious in our own lives, and it’s important to look deeply within to find ourselves and who we are created to be.
Most importantly, we need to know that we are united as people who need to know who we are so we can keep this world moving forward.
What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned about yourself lately? I’d love to hear your comments?