To My Dear Dogs,
You may not know this, but without you, my life would be greatly diminished.
Would I have ever had the courage to push through my pain without you by my side? Would my smile be as bright, my optimism be as strong?
How could I learn to be more patient, if it wasn’t for your patience with me? If you had corrected me for every time I made a mistake, would I have eagerly and happily forgiven you, as you did me?
If you didn’t refuse to do what I unreasonably asked, how would I have learned a better way? If you had hidden your true feelings, how would I have known how wrong I was?
How would I have known?
When you grew old and slow to respond, you taught me how to be loving and patient. To cherish every moment, knowing how few we had remaining. To be. With you.
I would have missed out on so many incredibly beautiful moments if you hadn’t allowed me to be part of your aging and your dying. How sad that would be. So much sadder than the pain of losing you.
I am in awe of how blessed my life is…this life with you, my dogs. All of you: past, present, yet to be.
It is magical.
My heart, no, my entire being, swells with gratitude and with love for the blessing of my life with dogs. And for the blessings that I know will go on, every day of my life.
I promise you this: with your blessings and most importantly, with your help, I will keep on aspiring to be the kind of person you see in me. The kind of person I see in your honest, hopeful, beautiful eyes.
And, I will keep on guiding every lover of dogs who connects with me to be the kind of person their dogs see in them.
All my love,
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