If everybody bought their kids a pet dog, the kids wouldn’t have to go to preschool. They’d learn all the basics from their pet. Here’s some things Fido could teach them:

  • To love children
  • To size up an enemy
  • To drink plenty of water
  • To be a dependable friend
  • To express pleasure when favored
  • To guard faithfully the interests of those who care for and protect you
  • To be faithful unto death.

Now a “canine degree” probably won’t fly in most schools, so I wouldn’t try earning one for your kids. But I think dogs can teach us all a lot about the way we ought to treat other people. They are great examples of humility and friendship.

Have you ever known a dog that waited for its master to come running to it? Of course not. The minute you step inside the door, the dog comes running to you. That’s humility. A truly humble person doesn’t wait for others to address him, but is an initiator in his relationships. Humility also desires the best for others. Are you genuinely happy when others succeed? Dogs don’t have any jealousy. They’re happy as long as you’re happy. This humility and others-centeredness fosters friendship.

Think about your relationships with others. Are you an initiator of friendship, or do you wait for others to be friendly to you? You don’t have to sit in a corner complaining, “Nobody ever talks to me. I don’t have any friends.” Be the friend you want others to be for you. And rejoice as a friend when others are blessed. Learn to be a friend from man’s best friend today.

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. — Dale Carnegie

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder