Dog Verve.. What's That?
What is this thing called Dog Verve? I get that question a lot when I explain my vision of how dogs can change the world. We all know they have a profound impact on individual lives. Now it's time to for them to have a profound impact on a global scale.
Verve (noun \ˈvərv\ ) is defined by Merriam Webster as
1. a special ability or talent
2.the spirit and enthusiasm animating artistic composition or performance : vivacity
b : energy, vitality
Verve is the perfect word for what dogs bring to the people lucky enough to open their hearts to their unconditional love.
The wonder of dogs
Through this blog, my podcast (starting in May) and other means, we will explore with wonder and appreciation all the ways dogs can make people's lives better. We will look beyond what dogs can do for us at what we can do for them.
We will look at the lessons that dogs teach us in how to be better human beings. We can learn a lot from the way dogs deal with adversity, bad luck, bad owners, poor health and apply these lessons to our own lives.
This blog will be fun, entertaining, sad, serious, sarcastic, witty, controversial, open-minded, close-minded, mainstream and extreme in some way with each new day.
You won't agree with everything. You will love some things and hate others. As a veterinarian who has practiced medicine for 25 years, I've learned a lot, been humbled a lot and still know I have a lot to learn.
We will discuss what's important to you in learning more about how to care for and appreciate your dog and how you can make a better life for you and your fur baby.
Dr. Christopher Smith
I have been working with animals in the field of veterinary medicine since I was 15 years old. That was 35 years ago. I've seen a lot over that time and a lot has changed. One thing has always remained. That is the way that dogs often instinctively give without expecting anything in return, show love even when they are shown hate and go on living with no self pity despite what injuries, illnesses or bad circumstance they may be enduring. I have personally witnessed this many times over the years.
My first experience with the power of a dog was with my own Mother, Patricia Smith. When I was 17 years old, my Mom became very ill. After several months in the hospital, she was able to come home but was confined to a wheelchair. Our Bichon Frise, Dusty, hadn't seen my Mom in over 3 months and when they were reunited, Dusty went crazy with excitement. She remembered her just as if nothing ever happened and it was almost like she was saying, “Where the heck have you been!”.
Over the course of the next year, my mom continually worked to heal and walk again. I believe that the constant companionship and affection shown by Dusty was a major driving force in this recovery. Family, supportive friends and caring medical professional were also very important but dogs are awesome because they never have to leave your side during times of need. They stay right there and seem to know when you need them.
I welcome you to dogverve.com. A celebration of the compassion, energy, enthusiasm and vigor of dogs.