Sunday, June 7, 2009

L♥ve me now, not later, because I'll l♥ve you always

Tony, 1985~1997
The photo you see here is of the first GSD I raised from a baby. A magical and unexpected (for me) bond formed between the two of us that carried me through a divorce, raising my sons, a heartbreaking life experience and my emergence as someone who became stronger and more capable. To this day my sons and I look upon our years with this dog as special and remarkable.

I came across the following essay quite by accident, read it and wept - clearly, honestly wept. Our dogs ask for nothing but give everything. They are totally selfless. The next time you are in a hurry or are so weary all you want to do is sleep or don't want to be bothered, remember what you've read here on my blog. Look into those eyes that worship your every move...and keep your promise - be your dog's best friend, just as he is yours.

I am your dog, and I have a little something I'd like to whisper in your ear. I know that you humans lead busy lives. Some have to work, some have children to raise. It always seems like you are running here and there, often much too fast, often never noticing the truly grand things in life.

Look down at me now, while you sit there at your computer. See the way my dark brown eyes look at yours? They are slightly cloudy now. That comes with age. The gray hairs are beginning to ring my soft muzzle. You smile at me; I see love in your eyes. What do you see in mine? Do you see a spirit? A soul inside, who loves you as no other could in the world? A spirit that would forgive all trespasses of prior wrong doing for just a simple moment of your time?

That is all I ask. To slow down, if even for a few minutes to be with me.
So many times you have been saddened by the words you read on that screen, of others of my kind, passing. Sometimes we die young and oh so quickly, sometimes so suddenly it wrenches your heart out of your throat. Sometimes, we age so slowly before your eyes that you may not even seem to know until the very end, when we look at you with grizzled muzzles and cataract clouded eyes. Still the love is always there, even when we must take that long sleep, to run free in a distant land.

I may not be here tomorrow; I may not be here next week. Someday you will shed the water from your eyes, that humans have when deep grief fills their souls, and you will be angry at yourself that you did not have just "One more day" with me. Because I love you so, your sorrow touches my spirit and grieves me. We have NOW, together.

So come, sit down here next to me on the floor, and look deep into my eyes.
What do you see? If you look hard and deep enough we will talk, you and I, heart to heart. Come to me not as "alpha" or as "trainer" or even "mom or dad," come to me as a living soul and stroke my fur and let us look deep into one another's eyes and talk. I may tell you something about the fun of chasing a tennis ball, or I may tell you something profound about myself, or even life in general.

You decided to have me in your life because you wanted a soul to share such things with; someone very different from you, and here I am. I am a dog, but I am alive. I feel emotion, I feel physical senses, and I can revel in the differences of our spirits and souls. I do not think of you as a "dog on two feet" -- I know what you are. You are human, in all your quirkiness, and I love you still.

Now, come sit with me on the floor. Enter my world, and let time slow down if only for fifteen minutes. Look deep into my eyes, and whisper to my ears. Speak with your heart, with your joy and I will know your true self. We may not have tomorrow, and life is oh so very short.
--author unknown


Lorenza said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful post!
My mom is crying and I am right here on her lap!
Kisses and hugs

CAM said...

Thanks again for a lovely post.
The human-animal bond is truly something mysterious...
Max &Co in sunny South AFrica

Itajeff - Something To Share said...

What a lovely post, its so touching, i feel like crying

Have a nice day
Lots of luv,

The FOUR Musketeers said...

Oh thanks for sharing it with us !
It makes our huma leaks !!! A Very touching post ! Nice Tribute :)

T said...

Tony was a beautiful boy.

Joey said...

Aw, your Tony was a beautiful boy. After so many years of missing our dogs - and humans - who aren't with us anymore, we do know that our time is short, and we cherish it. Thank for sharing that nice poem with us.

See ya!
Joey and Zeke

Ruby and Penny said...

What a beautiful dog and essay. It made our mom's eyes leak. Thank you for sharing and reminding us what is important in life.
Love Ruby & Penny

Bell said...

so I cant read the whole post... But I know what it's like to lose a doggy especially a good looking Shephard... big hugs

kimberly & Bell

LUCKY LUKE said...




thank you for sharing!

wif love from the Luke

Kimba said...

Mom is crying buckets. Thanks for sharing.

Dennis the Vizsla said...

'scuse me. I have to go give Tucker, Trixie, and Dennis a hug.