My family lost one of our dogs last week unexpectedly, and since then I have been thinking a lot about how dogs bring so much joy to our lives.
They come running to greet us when we are home.
They sit beside us (or on us…) when we watch t.v. or cuddle up with a book.
They bring us a ball because they want to play.
They bark at squirrels and birds to protect us.
They look at us with beady little eyes, and we wonder what they would say if they could talk.
They are the best help in the kitchen. They never leave a crumb behind.
We laugh at them when they get so dirty in the yard and then come back inside with a guilty demeanor, knowing they are going to have to take a bath.
But the most wonderful thing about having a dog is that they love unconditionally, with no expectation that you will love them back. They have the most loyal and genuine hearts.
They will always love you. When they are sick, they will love you. When they are tired and sleeping, they will love you, wagging their tails in their sleep. When you get home from work late, they will love you. When you have had a terrible day, they will love you. They have so much capacity to love.
Here is to Ella, the little fluff-ball, “ju-ja” bug, buggie bug, our “dumb-blond” of the family and snuggle-pie. Thanks for being there for us. You brought a lot of joy to our family.