9 Tricks My Dog Taught Me
If you love a dog, you’ve probably learned everything on this list, too.
1. Don’t bother to fuss. Just get down to business. Maddie could do her business anywhere in the yard or woods. No persnickety miss there.
2. Good food is worth singing about. Every meal = a song. A loud, soulful song. You never had to wonder about her feelings towards food.
3. Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it won’t kill you. Who knows what’s under that pile of leaves or behind the firewood? Why not take a look? Just be careful of porcupines and skunks!
4. A deep, deep sigh of contentment makes you feel even more content.
5. Vie for the best sleeping accommodations. A good rest solves a lot of problems.
6. Keep an eye on the rest of the pack. Even if you don’t like them.
7. Never be too cool to show your love.
8. Make up your own rules for the game. May as well play the game you want to play, not the one someone else is forcing on you.
9. When your favorite people walk in the door, make a big, huge deal about it. Every. Single. Time.
That list is my way of avoiding writing this: on Sunday, we unexpectedly lost our beloved Maddie.
Within an hour of noticing she was having problems breathing, we learned she had a tumor on her heart that had ruptured. The treatment options offered by our vet left no expectation of giving her quality of life, and so we made the decision to let her move on before she suffered.
I like to imagine she’s entered a world where there are always balls to be chased, always a pond in which to swim, always branches to drag around, always squirrels to yell at, always a loving lap on which to drape. From the moment I adopted her in Albuquerque, she was my pal. I feel fortunate to have known her and been the recipient of her exuberant love.
Play hard in your afterlife, my sweet mutt.