I've been struggling with depression my whole life. It has been especially difficult this summer when we found out Fiona and Blaze have liver disease. Despite myself, I have found under all that heaviness, the dogs are the ones that can still put a smile on this hardened heart. They still make me laugh and dance and sing. And as the years creep up, I find more of my time with them to be quiet and still. Comfortable to just "be" with each other. With lots of "eye talk."
I have found that when I am somber, they are too and we rest together. And when I feel lifted, they celebrate with me. Believe me there is something to be said for older dogs that have been with us from the beginning...they know you. They feel you, they understand and they try to change you. They have their ways and wants to get to you to smile again.
It is one of the reasons I don't understand why people give up their senior dogs, for the only reason that they are old. They say that a dog's prime ages are 3-7 years old, but I would disagree, I feel we are still in our prime at 12 years old. The bond I have with each dog is incredible. And it is more than the fact they are Brut and Silver's kids. All four of them have distinct personalities, quirks and special gifts to share.
And really isn't that what having a dog is all about? Getting to know them. Having this mind-blowing relationship with them. All wrapped up in unconditional love.
What a blessing we have been given to have dogs in our lives.
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