No, I’m not talking about those pieces of paper in your safe deposit box (do people even use those anymore?)…I’m talking about relationships.
Relationships come in all different shapes and sizes. There are those special bonds you had when you were a child. Relationships that you lost and then those that will remain with you for a lifetime. These bonds that I am speaking of aren’t even with other people…I’m talking about those lifelong bonds you have with your pet.
When Emaleigh turned one year old, Ray decided to get her a puppy. I was not happy. I was not happy because I knew that the dog wasn’t really for her. I was not happy because I knew that I would probably be the one picking up the dog poop. I was not happy because the puppy he got was a boxer, so I’m sure you can imagine how big the dog poop would be. I was not happy because we lived in a basement apartment and I couldn’t imagine what having a boxer would be like in our tiny living space. I was not happy because Ray did it without me knowing about it. I was just not happy. Ask Ray. I think I gave him the silent treatment for at least a week. At least.
Shortly after he shared the news of our new family member, he took me to go meet him. Ok. I’ll admit. He was cuuuuuute. But, I wasn’t about to let Ray in on my soft spot for this dog. Then, the dog made this noise that sounded just like Chewbacca from Star Wars…and that was it. His name was Chewy.
Poor Chewy. I was so determined to not give in and love him (openly) until about a year and a half later. That’s when I noticed his unconditional love for our family.
The first time I noticed it was shortly after Elijah was born. We were expecting some visitors, so I laid Elijah down on the floor and as soon as our friends walked in, Chewy walked over and stood directly over Elijah. My first thought was, “You big dummy, why are you standing over my newborn baby!” But as I watched him closer, and then Ray explained…he was protecting him.
Time moved on and Chewy got bigger (about 94 pounds bigger). Yes, Chewy is a BIG boy. I think his great grandfather may have been a horse…the jury is still out on that one. Anyway, almost 3 years ago our family grew again and Eydan was born. I watched Chewy be the same protector over him as he was over our entire family at this point.
But with Eydan, something is different. Not only do I see the love that Chewy has for him, but the love that Eydan shows for Chewy is incredible.
Not a day goes by that I don’t witness Eydan walk by Chewy and give him a great, big hug. Every. Single. Time. I’m not talking a one armed, limp hug. I mean the type of hug where Chewy has to feel the love…atleast when he gets his breath back. Don’t get me wrong…Eydan can also get upset with Chewy and bonk him on the head, or scream at him for eating his toast off the table…but it never fails, he walks by him and always gives that dog a hug.
And Chewy has the patience of a monument. Eydan can use him as a chair (sometimes a bouncy one), he has had his eyes poked, his legs pulled, balls thrown at his head, his tail nub yoinked, and his ears used as Eydan’s personal kleenex…yet, he still loves Eydan and our entire family all the same. We are his family. All Chewy has ever known…is us.
Chewy has been the most faithful pet I have ever owned. He is the pet that no other pet will ever compare to.
Yes, his farts are something fierce (seriously, they can clear a room), but his love for us is even fiercer. Even as I sit here typing this, he is in the other room audibly passing the most disgusting things ever…but it’s a smell that I will someday miss…ok, yeah, definitely won’t miss that.
But, all joking aside, can you imagine what the world would be like if we loved like our pets loved us? Or if we loved the way that Eydan loves his Chewy? If every time we passed someone, we hugged, or even just smiled at them? If we just put away all of the anger and the eye for an eye mentality and just…loved? Maybe we could actually learn a little something from our pets.
I can imagine it…and it’s beautiful. It looks a little something like this…