I have always been a dog lover, but I never aimed on a dog to become the center of my world. And I most definitely never intended to feel heartbreak as powerful as I did when I lost him.
Loving a puppy is a lot more powerful than a lot of people may think. Puppies will do anything to make their owner happy, and they will do whatever it takes to see you smile. Puppies will love you selflessly and fiercely, and wont ever hold a rancour. A dogs love for their owner is truly never objective. And my love for my dog I lost only a few months ago, still remains paw printed deep in my heart.
Ever since I could recollect, my sister and I would write letters to our mothers praying for a puppy, year after year. For a couple of years, guinea pig kept us company, until the working day our mothers caved.
It was a awfully cold and snowy morning when we got Coal. I remember appearing down at four or five adorable puppies playing amongst themselves. Just to the right of where I stood, I assured one puppy shivering in the snowfall all by himself. Right away, I knew that was the one we had to take home.
He was the runt of the litter. He was the outcast and the underdog( no pun intended ). Maybe thats why I felt a special bond towards him, as I had only weighed a pound and a half when I was born. We brought him home that day, and as it turns out, he was a match made in heaven for our quirky household. We rapidly grew to love this bundle of joy and all of his crazy antics merely a puppy could seem adorable doing. He was obsessed with squirrels, shoes and of course food. He also loved to receive affection, which I gladly devoted him every single day.
As years went by, my love for Coal grew and grew. He was there for my first school dance. He was there for me when I got asked out for the first time. He was there for me when I had my first sorrow. And he was also there for me when the world felt like too much. Without fail, he happily greeted me at the door everyday with his tail wagging hard enough to knock a five-year-old kid down. And when I came home from college on violates, he would be standing there in front of my house like a proud parent, waiting. He always was waiting for me, and no matter how long it had been, he loved me still. He was truly there through it all.
A few months after his 13 th birthday, his back leg started wearing out. We watched in horror, as his right leg grew thinner and thinner, until he couldnt stroll correctly any longer. I recollect believing to myself, this is happening too soon. I cant say goodbye to him now. Not like this. When his left leg started dedicating out, thats when we knew we had to let him go. Thats when it clicked that he wasnt going to be here eternally and we had to say goodbye.
On the night we set him to sleep, and as hot tears fell on his black coat, I whispered to him and kissed his sweet face, thanking him for loving me for ten years straight-out. I thanked him for the snuggles and the walks. I thanked him for the unconditional love he had always felt for me. And I thanked him for showing me what true love felt like.
Losing a puppy is never something you can be prepared for. Its painful and heart wrenching and builds you sick to your belly- but the time that you have with them in the middle? Thats the good portion. Thats the part that is worth it. And even though I lost Coal, I will always remember how it felt to be greeted by him every day. And I will never let his memory fade-out from my mind.
I think if I could start all over again with a new puppy, I would spoil him a little more.
Dogs take a lot of out of you, and not to mention how unbelievably expensive it is to take care of them but to be quite honest, I genuinely would do it all over again. Maybe Id buy him a new situate of food bowls, or some adorable dog dolls. Id also give him many, many more morning kisses.
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So, give your puppy the unconditional love they give you every single day. Take care of your animal and show them that you would do anything to make them happy, just like they do for you. And create a glass to the canine love of their own lives.
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