Sunday, September 26, 2010

"She is just my Dog"

"She is my other eyes that can see above the clouds; my other ears that hear above the winds. She is the part of me that can reach out into the sea. She has told me a thousand times over that I am her reason for being; by the way she rests against my leg; by the way she thumps her tail at my smallest smile; by the way she shows her hurt when I leave without taking her. (I think it makes her sick with worry when she is not along to care for me.) When I am wrong, she is delighted to forgive. When I am angry, she clowns to make me smile. When I am happy, she is joy unbounded. When I am a fool, she ignores it. When I succeed, she brags. Without her, I am only another man. With her, I am all-powerful. She is loyalty itself. She has taught me the meaning of devotion. With her, I know a secret comfort and a private peace. She has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant. Her head on my knee can heal my human hurts. Her presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown things. She has promised to wait for me... whenever... wherever - in case I need her. And I expect I will - as I always have. She is just my dog."

- Gene Hill

(To give proper credit, the original uses "He" and "him."  I changed it, because all my current dogs are female, most especially the Bramble girl)


Kim Gibson said...

Thanks for sharing. I love that. I saw a bumper sticker that said, "God, help me be half the person my dog thinks I am".

Jennifer Montero said...

What a great observation. My dogs mean so much to me, I structure my life around them, to include them. I wouldn't be able to do half the work I do to without them. It's nice to know there are others out there who feel the same.

That's a beautiful collie you have there, by the way.

Leigh said...

Awe, that is so sweet! It made my nose tingle and my eyes burn...I'm a sucker for those soulful eyes. Great pics! :)