Every creature in the world
is like a book and a picture,
to us, and a mirror.
–Alain de Lille
The human species has nobly endeavored to mimic unconditional love. This seems impossible due to our flawed natures.
All hope is not lost.
Across the millennia, the universe gifted us with four-footed companions to guide us.
Most have felt the indescribable pain of losing a pet. My world was shattered this week after my fourteen year old Brittany, Reagan, died. I fell in love with him at the local shelter and quickly adopted him. I brought him home as a gift for my husband who had told me weeks before he deeply admired the breed. The two bonded immediately. Over the years, Reagan, gave us immeasurable love and hours of entertainment.
Reagan traveled extensively with us and lived in Alaska, Texas, and New Hampshire. His favorite place—the mountains and woods in Alaska—where he explored and ran to his heart’s content. Like many lucky dogs in Alaska, Reagan went to work with his daddy nearly every day.
His worst moment… In the span of two weeks, Reagan confronted two porcupines and ended up with hundreds of quills in his face. He paraded his face-full-of-needles without complaint and very much reminded us of the character, Pinhead, from the movie Hellbound Hellraiser.
His greatest moment… Letting us adopt him.
So here’s to a much beloved dog. We’ll love and miss you, always.
In the end, wonderful stories like Marley and Me or Dewey the Library Cat help pet owners capture the essence of our lives with these selfless creatures. I end with a much favored quote from John Grogan.
It’s just the most amazing thing to love a dog, isn’t it? It makes our relationships with people seem as boring as a bowl of oatmeal.
John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog