Have you ever made a decision that impacted your world for good? Fifteen years later, I can look back and say… that was the best decision I ever made.
Every boy needs a dog. That’s what I thought when my boys were small. They would learn responsibility, how to care for and nurture another living being. Little did I understand the depth of attachment my family would feel. A furry little canine stole our hearts.
Next month, our Honey girl celebrates her 15th birthday. That makes her almost 105 years old in human years. She’s so much more than a pet – she’s a member of our family. Walks, boating, birthdays and holidays, traveling on vacation, our girl has done it all. She’s grown up with my boys – been there to celebrate every triumph and comfort at every defeat. Danced in the kitchen and kissed away our tears. She’s given us pure, unconditional love.
Honey listens better than my teenagers. She waits for the signal that it’s okay before she eats. She stays in the borders of our yard when she’s let out by herself. It’s nice to have one kid that doesn’t need supervision.
Over the years, five couples have wanted to
steal adopt Honey. After having good friends over for dinner, the husband would say good-bye to our girl and whisper that he’d leave the back car door open. All she had to do was jump in. This traitorous event didn’t happen just once, no, he tried to convince her numerous times to run away with him. Thank God she never accepted the offer. Honey is loyal to the core. We settled the matter by making my friends Honey’s Godparents, with visitation rights, then moved to Georgia the following year. Just kidding, Honey’s Godparent’s had almost nothing to do with our moving.
Then, last week Honey’s vet gave us the news I dreaded hearing. Our girl has a tumor. Her cancer can be slow growing andI’m glad we have some time left with her. It’s been amazing to watch how many human lives she affected for the good. She reminds us to find joy in the simple things. My life has been richer because she’s a part of it. I’m so grateful for the blessing of my Honey girl.
Wishing each of you know that kind of unconditional love.