Did you know that May is National Pet Month?
To celebrate, I decided to write a letter to my dogs (Kira, Jake, Jordan, and Ben) telling them how great they are/were.
To My Dogs,
I know that none of you speak human, nor will you be able to read this post. However, I wanted to take a moment to construct this letter to tell you how much you mean to me.
Before we brought in our first dog, I had no idea how much one could love an animal. Sure, we’d had a cat, a rabbit, a guinea pig, and a handful of hamsters; but, the bond I share with my dogs is entirely different.
Poor Jake; your time on earth is approaching its end; we’re unsure how much longer we will have you. Nevertheless, I want you to know that we will love you until the very end (and beyond).
You have been an amazing dog, and have seen the family through some difficult times. I don’t know how any of us would have coped with Ben’s passing without you.
Lately, your habit of pooping in the basement (due to loss of muscle control) has been frustrating, but we don’t blame you for it; aging sucks for the best of us.
I promise that I will not take any of our remaining moments together for granted.
It has been a little over a year since we had to make that fateful trip to the vet. The decision to put you to sleep was a painful choice for your family; although, the alternative (letting you suffer) would have been worse.
We often say that you were a one-of-a-kind lab, and it is true. You dedicated your life to making your people happy, even on our darkest days. I spent many of my more anxious days hiding from the world with you faithfully by my side.
RIP Ben, you will forever be missed.
Kira, welcoming you (and your pup) into the household was the best idea we have had in a long time. I feel a strong bond between us due to our shared anxieties; your journey to becoming a more confident dog has inspired me daily.
I’m ecstatic to see that you have taken to our home; it is lovely to see your tail wagging.
Welcome to your forever home, you will never have to live in fear of being mistreated again; we will not do you wrong.
Jordan, we jokingly call you our BOGO dog as we didn’t have the heart to split you up from your mum. Nonetheless, we have come to love your bubbly personality and your ability to cause mild mischief. I mean, how would it be possible to sleep without you gradually stretching out and encroaching on my space.
So, essentially what I am trying to say is Thank You, Thank You for being my best friends and putting a smile on my face every day. I don’t know how I would survive my anxiety without any of you.
How about you? What are you doing this month to honour your furry friends?