Love for the Strays

Stray Dogs: Unexpected Companions of Joy


Farida Dahee

9/29/20232 min read

A dog is a man’s best friend. We all know that dogs are the most common pets that give humans best company. Many bring in pets when they are barely a few months especially on the demands of their kids. My daughter loves dogs & she has been asking for a pet ever since she was a 5 year old, however we haven’t given into her wish, reasons best known to us. Our denial to get her a pet hasn’t deterred her love for dogs; in fact she has found her way to loving them even more by making the stray dogs her pet. She just has her way with them. It’s not just the society dogs even the dogs where she goes for tuitions are her friends now. Every day after coming from school she spends 30-40mins playing with them. I used to be extremely scared that they will bite her or harm her but she is fearless. I’m not particularly fond of strays, used to be scared too but she made me overcome my fear of strays.

It’s so easy to love a pet especially the cute ones we get from the market or as an adoption but very few people truly care for the strays. Some will throw stones or hurl them away. If we are kind to them & don’t hurt them I don’t see why a stray will bite us. After all it’s an animal they have the flight or fight instinct much stronger than humans. If someone tries to harm them they will either run away or defend themselves by biting. It’s the way we treat them. If one doesn’t love dogs best is to leave them alone or try to stay away from them.

Loving a stray or a pet can help one fight depression. It’s simple when we love someone we start taking care of it and when we take care of something our mind is diverted to the good & positive things around us. The companionship of a dog can offer us comfort. It’s a proven fact that dogs have healing powers. They can help to reduce stress, anxiety, and ease loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness, and even improve our cardiovascular health. Caring for a dog can help children grow up more secure and active. It even provides valuable companionship for older adults.

A dog can add real joy and unconditional love to our life. So next time you see a stray please don’t hurl abuses or stone them, but try to make friends & you will have a companion for life.