For most of us, Labor Day is a “bonus day,” as I like to call them. These are days when most of us (present company excluded) get to spend the whole day with our Moms and/or Dads when normally we wouldn’t be able to because they have to work.
This got me thinking about the love we share with our working Moms and Dads and the love they have for us. Even though working Moms and Dads might not have as much time to spend with us, their love is no less than those who don’t work.
Love (so I have heard) is a two-way street.
Some of us fellow dogs and Labs, like our Moms and Dads, also work.
Many of us work as Guide, Hearing, Service, and Therapy Dogs. Our “work” is to be dedicated and loyal and to help those who are sick, lonely, and helpless. Our job goes far beyond helping and making their lives easier, for we also provide them our friendship and unconditional love.
There are some of us who work (and whose work is often forgotten) on farms as herding dogs or as Livestock Guardians.
Lest we forget to mention our fellow dogs who would lay down their lives for us and our Moms and Dads. Dogs who do anything and everything asked of them and never waver. Those who guard and protect–search and rescue dogs, detection and police dogs, fire station dogs, and the military dogs of our Armed Forces.
The love working dogs share with their human companions, co-workers, fellow servicemen, and all the rest, and vice-versa, truly is a Labor of Love. See, I told you love is a two-way street. That said, what better way to give back to your loving human, or, if you are a human reading this, then to give back to your loving dog, then to participate in Labrador Life Line’s annual fundraiser the Labour of Love Auction (quite fitting, don’t you think?)
The auction starts August 31st and runs through September 15th.
I’d like to conclude my blog with the following. The author is not known (I’d like to think it may have been a Lab, or if not a Lab, a fellow dog writer.)
Until the next time…
A Working Dog’s Oath
I will lay down my life for you
and expect nothing but love in return.
I protect my officer with my life,
and would gladly take a bullet in his place.
I am sent in to find lost children
and fugitives on the run.
I find drugs and weapons and even bombs.
I am the first sent in
and sometimes the last to leave.
I am the nose and ears of my officer.
I will protect and serve him.
I would die for him and for you.
I only ask for compassion and a kind word.