I know, I know. I’m ridiculous with this post, but I have officially become a dog person. I take selfies with her, I worry about her when I work long hours, and my clients ask how she is doing as if she is my child. I never even liked dogs until her. Their slobber, their jumping. Eww, gross dog get away from me. I never had a dog growing up either, although golden retrievers have always had a special place in my heart. Maybe because of Comet on Full House or my cousins golden named Buster, but they were always so loving. So kind. Loving and kindness always resonate so well in my heart.
Anyways, It’s my dog child’s birthday and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate, besides homemade dog cookies and playing catch, then to share why she has been such a constant in my life, during her 3 years on earth.
I remember picking her out from her litter and the ride home. She whimpered and squirmed in my lap and tried to cuddle against me but I held her awkwardly away from me, like someone does in the movies when they don’t know what to do with a crying baby, or how I do in real life holding a crying baby. I realized she was mourning being away from family, and as I looked at her adorable face and sloppy ears I pulled her in close. I realized that I would be responsible for her comfort and well being in life. And little did I know, she would be responsible for mine.
She seems to have this innate sense of what it means to enjoy life and love unconditionally. And if I could hear her thoughts, this is what I think she would say.
1. I follow you around because I just want to be a part of your life. In all you do, whether you are at home doing the simplest of things or you are getting in that car to go somewhere fun, I like to be by your side. When you take out the trash or get mail, I like to accompany you just because. When I snuggle at your feet while you drink coffee or lay in the middle of the kitchen when you cook or do dishes, it is just because I like to be close.It is being together that counts.
2. Even if you do not have time to take me on walks, forget to fill my water bowl or forget to feed me breakfast, I understand. Life gets overwhelming and people make mistakes. We cannot do everything, all the time. But it is ok because I love you unconditionally. I know that you are doing the best you can and I appreciate that.
3. Appreciation and love are important and are things that we should not take for granted. When you come home from work that is why I am so flippin excited to see you, every single day! My excitement is immense and I want to let you know how happy I am to see you. That is why I wag my tail uncontrollably and retrieve my tennis ball, so I can show you what I have been up to all day. Just because time goes by, does not mean these things should change.
4. I think it is important in life to find a balance between play and rest. We need to get out of our comfort zone, try new things, enjoy sunny days, run around like wild, chase after what we desire, have fun and soak up everything life has to offer. And then we can go home and nap. Be lazy. Release from our minds the things we have to do, and the expectations that are placed on us, whether that is from others or ourselves. Whether it is a moments rest or a lazy afternoon, that is what rejuvenates us and keeps us going strong. We need to rest up so we can have more time to play. Xoxo, Lulu.
So to my precious Lulu. Wishing you an exciting, playful and restful day. <3
Happy Birthday Lulu!