Does your Dog tell you ‘I Love You?”

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If your dog can say you are the best, how would they say it? Maybe a lick?

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"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive." — Gilda Radner


I agree with Gilda.  All my dogs have been amazing. Every day should be a day your dog can say my parents rock.  Would you feel great if your dog only showed his affection sometimes?   Not happy I bet.

My dog enjoys us and would say:

"I have the BEST parents.  They adore me.  They feed me healthy and take me for walks and rides.  I am spoiled but loved by them all the time. I hope you are too!"

And, to my dog I would also say I LOVE YOU and it's an honor to call you my very own!!


Think he would, if he could, send you a card, do a video, bark a love song, prepare your favorite meal or sit at the table next to you?  Would he do your laundry, throw out the garbage or drive you to the store?


There is no shortage of ideas and ways a dog can share the message I love you all the time. 


What can we learn from the dog world on this?

Three points of many I learned through all my adopted dogs, over the past decades (40+ years) about winning a dog's heart  is: 

1. a process.  It is not an overnight success built without a foundation.  To have a sound love for someone or even my dog, I had to get to know her first. Just like we want to do with people, we want to know what makes them happy or sad, what are the trigger words they love or ones that throw them off like a firecracker.

2. is earned. There is a price to pay to be in love.  Once you "earn" someone's trust, then it is easier to love them.  It takes time and patience to get to that point. I am of course generalizing here.

3. hard to buy. We don't see love in on the shelf for sale unless it is present, but not a person waiting on the shelf saying "buy me now." So it is not purchased as a ticket item you bring to the register, but one that gets bought by winning the heart of others or even the dog.

We didn't come with a love book at birth. We learned through good and bad experiences.  We don't have to take the bad experiences and accept them forever. 

Once we learn how to love ourselves we get stronger and wiser. I believe the same thing is true on how dogs see us.  Maybe they say to "live with them is to learn to love them and then love them forever."

TIP: How about showing your pooch some love? Natural dog gardening! Maybe beets? Or, natural dog herbal remedies? Garden with some herbs in mind for health and healing. See future blogs.

Can you please share how your dog shares their affection to you in the comment box below and also click the thumbs up "like" button? 

Carol Giambri

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Susan McKenzie February 15, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Hi Carol… there’s nothing like the unconditional love of a dog! My dog is a border collie named Matty and she was given to us after her previous owners retired her from ranch work. Her love pours out through her eyes and she just loves to have her face cuddled! Of course, as every dog knows, when you ask for love to be given, the loves pours back into the giver in just as great a measure… dogs are pure love!

Annemarie Cross February 15, 2011 at 7:37 pm

This is so true Carol! There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing my dog sitting next to me in the car looking up at me with his gorgeous little face. I can almost imagine his words “I love you mum…” Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous February 15, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Carol, If I were to answer your question as to how my dogs share their affection I would be here all day!!! The best way to put it in a short answer is my dogs, Lily, Bella, Copper and Sasha are the masters of unconditional love…no matter what, where, when or how, they are there with a lick and a wagging tail that says..”I Love You!” and “I want you to love me!” Who could ask for more!

Carol Giambri February 15, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Denny, Wow. I just love reading from all folks, but the doggie ones I can relate to easier or maybe faster. Got ONE picture of the four of them together. Love their names. They sing a song to my heart. Would love an email for pic talk. I’ll private my email. Your sort of best picture! Thanks for sharing. It always means so much.

Carol Giambri February 15, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Annemarie, Thanks for sharing. I can relate to the car riding dog. Sometimes I plop towel in the front seat and mine sits right there with her 45 furry body. She stars at me and keeps giving me her paw so we “hold” hands as I drive dangerously with one hand on the wheel. What we don’t do for our dogs. I’m with you. Molly would say of course “I love my Mom, but I also love my dad”.

Carol Giambri February 15, 2011 at 9:00 pm

HI Susan, Wow, so true. I’m sure Matty is in the right hands with your loving heart. Can I get a picture of what “pure love” Matty looks like. Can send you my email address. Dogs give “unconditional love” that “people” have some learning to do from the dog world. Always had great ones. “Hearts of gold” are what makes dogs great to own and love.

james samy February 15, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Wow Carol, thanks for sharing this. Dog really have their own way of showing their to the master. You have given new insight with your post … thank you

Carol Giambri February 15, 2011 at 9:48 pm

James, Thanks for taking the time to share. Dogs are fabulous and not everyone can understand their way of communicating, my Molly does it with her eyes, nor have the time or commitment. I’m in it all the way. I’m not alone. I didn’t even grow up with dogs, but now they are part of the family. Molly has her own bed and loves it. She’s really a family member and treated royalty.

Donovan Grant February 16, 2011 at 8:31 am

Carol, I am not a dog owner, however my neighbour is and she would echo what you say for sure. We humans have a lot to learn from our four legged friends!

Carol Giambri February 16, 2011 at 8:42 am

Hi Donovan, Thanks for sharing. Dogs are amazing. If more people realized the blessing they are perhaps there would be more happiness to go around. The dogs can fill up empty space in peoples lives and hearts. Dogs will return it 10 fold.

Anonymous February 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm

We had dogs growing up, Carol, and every phase of that era is peppered with dog stories and dog memories. Our first was when I was six, and we had just moved from an apartment to a big house in Rio. My parents went to Copacabana Beach for drinks with friends, and my dad brought home Onyx, a huge black scruffy poodle-mix stray. And we all fell in love …

Carol Giambri February 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Thanks Sharon for sharing your dog world with me. You can tell my adult life choosing to have a dog part of it has been a joy! Even when dog was very sick the angel never left my heart! I now can boost on her desire to fight for her life. I often compare dogs and peep together as I can see so many similarities.

Elvie Look February 16, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Loved this article Carol. It brought to mind a commercial I love and it makes me cry when I see it. A woman brings home a new dog, and is trying to play with it and throws a ball. The dog looks sad, so she lies down on the floor, and eventually, the dog later gets up and goes to her with the ball. The motto was something there is nothing better than adopting a dog, than a dog adopting you. I may not have the facts straight because I was too teary-eyed to see it. Your article explained that and about the process. You are doing a wonderful thing, I hope everyone grabs your message and shares the love.

Carol Giambri February 16, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Elvie, Thanks so much for sharing. A tear jerker for sure and both of us would go through a box of tissues together. I believe just lack of education for some adopted homes. I hope to make a difference representing the voice of the dog, using my site as a wealth of information including gardening and feeding dogs holistically. I’m evolving into showing how dogs and people can compare but yet be different in one being a dog, other being a person. Still both can eat from the garden, eat their meat, have personality issues or clashes, etc. Again, appreciate your time sharing. Hardly see a TV show so would have probably missed this one.

Carla February 16, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Speaking of dogs…my Dexter is lying here on the office rug guarding the door. His love language is “passing gas”. No disrespect intended…when he is most comfortable and trusting is when he lets all guards down and relaxes. Unfortunately for anyone within a 20 foot radius the disgusting aroma(?) of his affection causes massive action. Outdoors it is and that was his intent, lets play.

Carol Giambri February 16, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Carla, Thanks for your kind comments. You have just won “the most descriptive COMMENT award. My gosh. Poor Dexter. He just keeps all “stored” up till the point of relaxation. Would he have that same effect with me feeding his organic or grassfed meat with organic veggies, yogurt, etc. Maybe a “trial” test run? Before doing I can offer suggestions. Glad you still have Dexter around and accepting him “as is.” You are a great mom and shared a “real” story. I’m sure Dexter is not alone; however Molly has GAS freedom. She surely takes enough healthy supplements!

Beauhen February 16, 2011 at 11:40 pm

I strive to be as perefct as my dog thinks I am.

Carol Giambri February 17, 2011 at 12:03 am

Beau, thanks for comment. I bet your dog knows best and is right about you — “perfect” dad!

Anonymous February 17, 2011 at 2:37 am

I don’t have a dog right now Carol, but I will someday! Thanks for the heads up on how to develop a relationship with him/her.

Carol Giambri February 17, 2011 at 5:27 am

Lily, Thanks for your comment. I hope one day you will find a special dog if/when you are ready to adopt.

Joy Randall February 18, 2011 at 5:20 pm

As a late in life dog lover, this is great advice!

Carol Giambri February 18, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Joy, Thanks. You will be blessed from the love of a dog. They all rock and the best company, I believe, you will ever want or perhaps “need.” I’m here if I can help.

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