My daughter had a bunch of friends over the other day. This in itself is not exciting or new. In fact, there was nothing excited about it at all. It was an average visit by friends.
At one point, I noticed them playing with the dogs. This, too, was nothing exciting. My daughter’s friends all know that we have dogs, they all play with our dogs, it is what it is.
What I noticed this time was that my daughter’s friends have no concerns about my dogs based on breed or appearance. To them, my dogs are what they are: dogs. It made me think. Discrimination is taught, that much is obvious. No one is born with a prejudice against any person, group or type of dog.
So, by having them hang out with my dogs and showing them that my dogs are awesome (because, let’s be honest, they are pretty awesome), I am teaching those kids that all dogs are individuals. And by doing so, maybe the next time that someone says something negative about a breed of dog or type of dog, those kids will know that it was an individual situation and that it should not be held against an entire breed of dog.
My dogs could be influencing a generation. Pretty cool, huh?