What is it about dogs? Why do we love them so hard and so completely. I think because when we look at them we see a pure love.
When my Old English Sheepdog Dougal passed away, I cried for 3 months...straight. I cried so much that I gave myself 3 different sinus infections. My doctor said you have got to stop crying, you are making yourself sick. I missed him terribly.
A lot of you remember Dougal. He was born blind and the breeder was going to put him down. As if he wasn't worthy. As if he had no value because he wasn't "perfect".
Of course, I wasn't going to let that happen. He was only 6 weeks old when he came home with me. The breeder couldn't wait to be rid of this "imperfect" puppy.
Being blind never bothered Dougal because he saw with his heart. And he taught me to see with mine.
One of Dougal's favorite things was to go to the dog park everyday and play ball. Now the game was fixed, but I didn't ever let him know that...because he loved it so. I would say "go get it" and he would pick a direction, any direction and start running with all of his heart. I would then throw the ball so that it landed right in front of him and he would fetch it and bring it back. He was always so proud of himself.
I made this bracelet many many years ago...with Dougal sitting by my side as he always did. I called it the "I Love My Dawg Bracelet". Well, because we all love our dawgs. I know I loved mine with all of my heart.
It has gone out into the world since then and has given joy, hope and solace to so many people. A lot of people write and tell me stories about their dogs. And all they ways they love them. And how much they cherish this bracelet...and what it means to them.
They have Dougal to thank...it was all him.