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Day 54: a love letter to dogs

23 Feb

Tonight continues my commitment to more love and less fear this year.  For February, I am writing a love letter each day.  Tonight is dedicated to …dogs 

To all the dogs I have loved: 

First there was Pepper and then Balou.  And, now, of course, there is Pup.  There were more in between, and I’m sure there will be more to come.

I love you ALL for so many reasons, they are too many to count on all my fingers and paws.

Let me start by saying, thank you.

Thank you for curling up next to me and laying your head on my leg, as if that is exactly the place where it belongs.

For licking my face with wet, slobbery, sticky abandon even when I tell you it’s gross.

For wagging your tail to the beat of the music as you ride shotgun in my car.

For sticking your head out the car window and reminding me how cool it is to just breathe.

Thank you for walking in my shadow.  And, in times of need, thank you for taking me by the other end of the leash and leading me through long walks in the dark.

Thank you for playing catch, even when you “forget” to bring the ball back.

Thank you for looking up at me with those big, puppy dog eyes. I know it means you must love me too.

To all the dogs in my life, I know this is true:
It just wouldn’t be the same without you.


P.S. Pup, I still love you — even when I find you all curled up in a ball on my favorite chair — when you know you’re not supposed to be there!

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