Stupid is as stupid does. You have to do the best with what God gave you. Mama always said dying was a part of life…I sure wish it wasn’t. I agree with Forrest, Forrest Gump on many of life’s philosophies. His take on life was so simple many people confused him for being stupid, but I recognize the wisdom in his simplicities a mile away.
I definitely agree with his theory about people and their shoes. “You can tell a lot about a person by their shoes,” he said, “where they’re going, where they’ve been.” Us canines have kind of a love affair with shoes. I know this is probably strange to consider since we don’t wear them (I know they make them for us – I avoid them at all costs), but that definitely doesn’t negatively impact our infatuation.
As with anything one becomes obsessive about, I realize (and apologize) that some of us sometimes go overboard to show our affection. It’s simply a miscommunication of our feelings, you see, a simple misunderstanding. I know I can’t speak for all of us, but I don’t rip the beautiful white stuffing out of my favorite toys because I hate them and want them to be thrown away. I do it for love. Adventure. Excitement.
The same goes for shoes. (Again, I know I am not speaking for all canines, but) at least as far as I’m concerned, what some of us have been known to do to that favorite pair of shoes is rooted more in our love for our people than our anxiety. Think about it. Your choice of shoes tells us where you’re going (and whether we’re coming along) as well as where you’ve been (heaven forbid you didn’t take us along). And your favorite shoes? We love those because they smell so much like your most natural people smell, which I personally just can’t get enough of.
So I’ve never been a destroyer of people shoes. While I have the urges, I don’t see the point. I’m not on board for anything that brings sadness or frustration into the world, and I know that’s what would happen if I killed a pair of my people’s shoes. That, and they tell us so much without saying a single word.
I’m a simple dog like that. And thanks to that wise Forrest, Forrest Gump I know that simple is as simple does.