Everyday of our life together, we are learning from each other. Everyday! It's not like the learning we did in the first few months... like how to get pee out of carpet, and how to avoid her puppy teeth. But she also learned alot too, and fairly quickly and easily:
- lay down
- shake (both hands)
- high five (both hands)
- go to bed
- wait (for a treat or to eat dinner)
- go find _________ (we play hide-n-go seek lots!)
- the names of people
- the names of various toys
- how to wait for and catch a treat from her nose
- how to catch a Frisbee
- the way to get exactly what she wants from every person she meets with those big, brown eyes
And now the lessons are more subtle. I have to pay attention, and take note.
Recently we found our stride when we go for long walks. There was a time she use to nearly choke herself to death as she pulled me behind her (I'm nearly 3x her size too!). But that took all these years for us to learn each other, and figure out what works.
She teaches me that true, unconditional love is limitless. There is really no end to the love she gives. Yes, there is a tradeoff. Her vet bills are huge, her food is expensive, and twice a day we pick up big, stinky, hot piles of poo. But those eyes. That fur. Those snuggles. Price-freakin-less!
This four year old doggy, who is 1460 days old today, has taught me 1460 lessons or more. She is family. She is my doghter. She is my spiritual match! She saved me from depression. She made J and I a family, and she made our little, humble house into a palatial castle that oozes fun and laughter. She is the most amazing dog on the planet and I love her so much!
Happy, happy, happy, happy birthday beautiful girl! I am soooo glad you were born!