My dog is such a cutie. Every time I rub her tummy, she looks at me in this very content way and gently rests one of her back paws on my arm.
This morning, I was talking to my parents about something, and Schatzie came over and licked my hand right then. I was like, “Oh, she’s congratulating me.” (We were talking about how I’m probably looking to get a job out of state after I graduate next year.) My mom said, “She wants to make sure she’s not left out.”
I looked into Schatzie’s dark brown eyes, and because of the morning sunshine coming in through the window, I could clearly see the blue cataracts filming her eyes. I bent down and looked her in the eyes and told her that she is always going to go where I am, and her home will always be with me.
Losing a pet can be an incredibly difficult thing to go through, but it’s important to remember that their love never goes away. It’s clear that you love your dog and show her that love every day, and that’s all a dog could ask for.
I know I’m a random follower, but I want to tell you a short story about my dog Jake, who passed on in 2010.
I was five years old when my dad came home with a wiggly german shepard puppy. He was four months old and already riddled with anxiety—he’d been adopted and returned twice. We never imagined why—he was an amazing dog from the start.
I grew up with Jake. He was as much a sibling as my brother and two sisters. So when he turned twelve and his hips started to go, as is common in shepards, I was heartbroken. I was a teenager, and I wasn’t ready to go. I felt like twelve years just wasn’t enough time. We were lucky. We started giving him supplements for his joints, and his health improved almost overnight. He beat the odds and lived to 15 years old.
I can’t be sure, but I feel like he kept going for us. And now I have two dogs (both rescues) and I show them how much I love and appreciate them everyday.
It doesn’t matter how long a dog is with you, what matters is the bond you share with them. That bond lasts forever.
Now that I’ve made myself cry I’m going to go make some tea.