You Have Only Us – A Post for My Dog.

Fizz x
Today my lad, you fell over. And it broke my heart just a little. Oh I knew you were getting older, but maybe I’d got too used to telling fellow dog walkers your age, then standing back and looking proudly at you as they marvelled in how young you seemed. I was just saying a number, not really comprehending your age.

The fall didn’t hurt you. You looked to me a little panicked, but with a reassuring word, and a little help, you recovered yourself and you soon forgot. I didn’t forget though. You are a dog that could walk all day long – a companion for my husband on his long treks up hills and peaks. You have climbed mountains and run for hours with the wind in your fur and joy in your eyes. You swam rivers, chased squirrels, and fetched sticks . . . over . . . and over . . . and over.

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But today, you ran up the garden steps in your glee to greet me, and your wobbly old hips gave way a little, and you fell. Even the people that love me most in the world never run to me in shear joy the way my dogs do, each and every time I see them.

When I have a bad day, I can speak to my husband, or a friend, or a relative.
You have only us.
If I am ill, I can call a doctor, take a painkiller, maybe call family for sympathy. . .

You have only us.
If I am bored, I have friends, relations, a daughter, a husband, colleagues, books, films, neighbours, phone calls, and video calls. . .
You have only us.
I’d like to say sorry Fizz, for the times I forget this, and for the times I can’t give you as much attention as you deserve. I’m sorry too for when I may get a little impatient, forgetting your hearing is bad now, when you have shown us and our little tail-pulling toddler nothing but patience. (Thank you for that.)

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And yet you never tire of us. Your trust and love is unwavering, despite not all your dealings with the human race being happy ones. A gentler soul than any person I know, you are a credit to the canine race and we are blessed to have you. Sometimes when I lie by you, I like to trace my finger along your scars. Your awful mystery scars. Because I like to know that that little bit of you has also known the touch of kindness, not just cruelty.

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You are at least 13 now my lad. Your have arthritis and cataracts. You are slowing down, but there is a puppy in there still! The walks may be shorter now, but you relish them. You still put up a pretty sparky chase to your Greyhound companion. You still surprise people when I tell them your age, and you still have the wind in your fur and joy in your eyes.

Long may that continue, my lovely gentleman.

My friend.

Long may we be there to catch you when you fall.

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15 responses to “You Have Only Us – A Post for My Dog.

  1. Oh my goodness minty I am in tears reading this. I know how much you love your boys and how it upsets you knowing Fizz is getting so old. You know I am not an animal lover and actually am afraid of dogs but fizz and badger are probably the only dogs I now do not mind at all. They r a credit to you and this is a lovely lovely post
    xxxxxx

  2. Cheryl

    Beautiful words to a beautiful dog. xxx

  3. What a loving and beautiful post to what is clearly an adored dog. I like dogs, never had one of my own though, and I can see how much he is loved in your family

  4. Panda

    This made me cry. It’s absolutely beautiful. Sometimes we do forget that they rely on us. They truly are best friends x

  5. ginacaro

    Awww that’s a very sweet post

  6. Lovely post. He looks like a wonderful friend to have x

  7. Awww Such a lovely post, a what a handsome chap! Gorgeous post x

  8. susie

    wonderful. reminded me to give my hound another hug. time moves to quickly where are animals are concerned

  9. Such a beautiful piece of writing. I think, as dog owners, we are all sometimes a little guilty of forgetting how much they give and how much we forget to give back.

    My two will be getting extra hugs tonight.

    Thanks for the reminder.

    Cxx

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