Dear Portia Pie (My Jokester, Heart-Healer),

Hey!
Portia Pie!

You sit here with your coned head resting on my leg. Yet another trip to the vet, another set of stitches, but your humor remains unscathed. You dangle the last bit of a retriever roll and look all doe eyed up at the cat on her perch in the cat tree. ‘Wanna come down and play,’ your eyes ask Etosha glaring down at you from her high seat.

Full of jokes and hugs, you always know how to make me laugh, even in my darkest depression.

Thank you for your demanding ‘pet me’ head butts when we lost Van Gogh. It brought me back to the living. I’m sorry I didn’t give you his cat bed so you could grieve too and remember his smell.

Thank you for giving me my reason to run off the stress of my divorce. I’l never forget the face my tri-athlete coach made when I showed up for hill repeats with you. You wiped that look off his face after you ran three warm up miles, dragged me up ten hill repeats, and were still pulling during the three cool down miles, just like I promised my coach. Next meeting, he extolled your graces to the whole group.

Thank you for your unconditional love of even my parent’s dog ‘Sweetie,’ who was never all that sweet to you, as the scar on your haunch will attest. Yet, you knew she was part of the pack when you started jumping and barking on me in the middle of the night until I got up. Poor Sweetie, collapsed on the cold, wet grass, yelped for my help, but you were the one who answered the call.

When I’m out with you, people stop and compliment me, ok they compliment you, not me. But I tell them that Dalmatians are a lot of work, because you are. You threw up in the car until you were five, still freak out on dogs when leashed, go Cujo when you hear a doorbell even one on t.v. Still, even with the vet trips for your heart, skin cancer, bite wounds, torn claws, and broken toes, you are SO WORTH all the TROUBLE.

I love you with all my heart Portia Pie because you know how to make me laugh, love, and care. You heal my heart from the inside out.

THANK YOU!

Love,
Your
Running,
Tug-o-war,
Tag, and
Fetch Partner,
Hazel


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