Anyone who considers themselves a dog lover will agree that to have a dog is so much more than to simply have a “pet”. Our dogs are often the centrepieces of our families. They are our child, our brother, our best friend.
A dog is your biggest fan, and the most excited one to see you when you arrive home, whether you left for a few hours or simply a few minutes. Their love and loyalty for us is a force to be reckoned with, and the joy they bring to our lives is like no other.
Sadly, eventually the time must come where we are forced to say goodbye, and this is what happened to us tonight. Our family dog, Roxy, who has filled our lives with joy, (and insane amounts of dog hair!) for the past 9 years, took her final breaths, as we stroked and held her for her final moments. A truly heart-breaking time, and yet calm and peaceful for her.
It made me think. How blessed and fortunate are we to have this great privilege to have these wonderful creatures who share and dedicate their lives to us? How many of us actually stop to think about that? That our dogs truly show us unconditional love, every day. And how little do they truly want from us? A warm cosy bed to sleep in, some food, and water. A nice stroll in the park, and perhaps a treat or two? Someone to show them affection and kindness. That’s all. Nothing more! How lucky are we?! They amaze me with their innate kindness and loving nature.
Naturally, I am feeling rather heartbroken tonight, and so I would like to end with a quote which I believe is perfect:
“A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.” (John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog).
So, to all you dog lovers and dog parents out there…please, stroke your dogs for a little longer tonight. Spend just a few extra moments showing them that love and affection they adore. Throw that ball just one more time. Their lives are so short, and to them, we are their whole lives. Never take that loyalty for granted.
All my love,