Dear Millie,



Dear Millie/ DaMooserS/ Moose McGillicutty/ Mrs.Velvet-ears,

This might seem a little odd because you can’t read, so I’ll explain it to you over a beer and a few* treats very soon. I intended to write a letter thanking you for your unconditional love and unwavering loyalty, qualities most dog lovers would agree are the most beautiful you possess.

But instead, and I’ve given this a lot of thought, I’m writing to thank you for letting ME love YOU! For letting me love you unconditionally, completely, with all my heart, with no shame or fear, and with total childlike abandon, the: “I’m glad the guys on the hockey team can‘t hear me right now” kind of abandon.

I mean c’mon, some of the voices I use and things I say to you when we cuddle would send any other woman – a less confident or understanding woman – running for the hills, but not you. With your head on my lap, your incredible smile, you gaze at me with those deep brown eyes and exhale the most contented groan. In those moments, those splendid little moments, all is well in the world, it really is.

You are the most gentle and tender creature I know, your sweet little essence ever soothing to my soul. With you I can be weak, I can be insecure, completely flawed and utterly useless, yet you love me all the same, never criticizing or passing judgment (Which is really cool, ’cause I’m all those things more times than not!).

So in closing, thank you for being my best friend, my faithful companion and above all else, my dog! Oh, and also for having the softest ears in the universe, literally, in the entire universe, all of it, the softest!

I always knew we were a match made in heaven, we both love hockey, football and potato chips_ seriously, what else does one need?

All my love, Your wildest admirer and faithful companion/Dad [Michael Vartan]

* “few” in our household is a Labrador’s dozen


Comments

  1. Janet says:

    What a great letter and a great picture! Millie clearly adores you, Michael, as much as you adore her. You’ve really captured the beauty of dogs and their bond with their humans.

    So glad you found each other – just the way I’m so happy I found my dog Daisy!

  2. Jen says:

    That is completely adorkable and now I want a dog. Thanks for publishing!

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