Sophie was a baby when we first got her, not literally though, figuratively. she required a lot of hand holding, coddling, and checking in on. she was a constant thing we had to worry about, manage, and take care of. but over time, she’s gotten super self sufficient and much more independent. even more surprisingly, she’s come to take care of us once in a while. she sits with us and listens to our daily drama (up to a point), she cuddles with us when we need it, and she’s generally just a really good friend.
noticing what a good friend Sophie is made me think about friendship and the most important things to keeping them healthy and happy. for me, the most important parts of a friendship are kindness and reciprocity. kindness, in every form, is always welcome. being kind to a friend who’s a little extra grumpy or who’s just lost a job is so valuable. but being kind day in and day out is even better. reciprocity is the act of giving and receiving as a mutual exchange. boring are the friendships that are only one sided – where a friend only gives but doesn’t receive. appreciate what your friends give you, be kind, and give back to them just as they did with you. we’re just a bunch of people (and dogs) living in a big, fast world and good friends are hard to come by. be nice to the ones that matter and you’ll never feel lonely.