If you've never been a pet owner please don't ignore this post, hopefully it will make you understand why pet owners treasure their pets so much.
When I got my first precious and lovable chihuahua I never understood what love for a pet was until two years into my relationship with my previous partner. My dog comforted me when things were going so very wrong in 2003, and then again in 2005 - I never thought I could recover. Princess was there by my side and understood my pain when I didn't think dogs could even feel.
Dogs do feel - they understand you and they are there for you when you need them most. It reminds me of a quote I read once, "Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them - filling an emptiness we don't even know we have." And it's true. When I felt so empty and had nothing else to live for, she made me smile, made my day every time I came home, and fulfilled my life in more ways than she could ever imagine. After 9 years with me, she died in 2009 and to this day I still cry when I write or think about her.
Last night, Ryan and I were watching Glee - it was a tearful episode. And as usual, every time I start to sniffle or shed a tear, Duchess will instinctively come up and lick the tears off my face - she doesn't like to see me cry. She will also defend me against Ryan when he pretends to lift a finger and scold me. It's the most amazing feeling ever, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
|From left to right: Nacho, Puffs, and Lady|