It didn’t take me long to fall in love with you. Maybe it was the way you smiled at me the moment I ran into your arms on that first day or maybe it was the way you held on to me so tightly in that kennel and didn’t want to let me go. I felt that bond. I felt an automatic contentment that I had been searching for. You stopped petting me for one second and I was rubbing up against your arm, wanting more of you. At that point I wasn’t sure if you were going to take me home, but I hoped that you would.
I was sad when you left me that day. I wasn’t sure if you were coming back – I wasn’t sure if I would see you again. My heart grew heavy and all I did for the next few days was lay in my kennel alone, hoping to see that smile again. I had been tossed from place to place for so long, I just wanted a stable human. One that would love me until the day I left this earth. I hadn’t found that yet. I felt unlovable.
A few long and lonely days passed, and I saw that smile walking towards me through the doors. There wasn’t even a question as to whether or not you were here for me. I knew it. That smile was the smile I remembered and clinged to from the first day I met you. The first day I feel in love with you. I ran to your arms. I jumped up on you, giving you endless hugs and kisses. And when the lady told me that you were my new mom, my heart became so full. I knew from that day on we would conquer this life together.
Since then, we have been thick as thieves. We have been best friends. We have been soul mates. Endless nights of cuddling and listening to you talk to me about not just your life, but our life. There were times in the past nine months that we have shared laughs and times where I just needed to be there for you to cling on to while the tears dripped from your eyes on to my fur. I wasn’t upset that you were using me as a tissue or a pillow to cry on. I was happy that you chose me to be that comfort. You were mine too.
We have shared so much together over these months. We have grown together. From moving into a new house to starting a blog together, we have been unstoppable. I see the potential in you. The potential to do amazing things. You can change lives and you can change the world, after all, you changed my life and my world the day you walked into my kennel and smiled at me.
Now, I don’t have that feeling of being unlovable, because you have shown me unconditional love. You walk me, you feed me, you pet me, and you spoil me. But you also do so much more than that. You put me first, you care about every part of me, and you love me more than I could have ever imagined possible. And of course I love you. They say that us dogs don’t have to live as long as humans because we know how to love from the start. Well I hope that I live a long time so I can give you that kind of love for as long as possible. I owe you that because you changed my life.
You smiled at me that first day and you continue to smile at me every single day. You are my best friend, my mom, and my human.
Just like us dogs, you know how to love. You love deep, you love endlessly, and you love unconditionally.
To my human, I love you. From the first smile until the last.