I know now that Bijou was an important part of my therapy as I recovered from having my prostate removed. I learned that dogs, besides being pets, can also be our teachers.
Human beings constantly struggle to live in the moment. We're either obsessing over the past ("Gee, life would've been different if I'd only joined the Peace Corps."), or obsessing over the future ("Gee, I hope my 401K holds up"). We forget that life, real life, is lived right now, in this very moment.