My Dearest Timothy,
You never met my Randy, but he was the love of my life for 19 years. I can remember so clearly being 6 years old and having that “Wizard of Oz ToTo” pup placed into my arms for the first time. He licked my nose and from that very second, I knew he and I would be inseparable for a lifetime. And we were indeed. Randy taught me unconditional love; he taught me everything. My heart was ripped out of my body the day I had to say goodbye. He was no longer that lively little terrier I had always known. The effects of old age had crept up on him and I knew I had to let him go. I thought I would never open my heart up again.
My dear Timothy, this letter may seem to be all about Randy, but it is actually for you. You’ll see.
I can see you so clearly in your little cage, your face between your paws, your ears so perky, your eyes so wide and brown, those little prickly streaks of black puppy hair strewn acoss your back against your predominantly wheaton color. It was the first time in the six months since losing Randy that my heart felt alive again. I knew you’d be coming home with me that day, even
though I had told myself it would be impossible to ever love a dog again.
You’re 7 now. You have the most amazing personality. You have endless energy, but you are also the best cuddle buddy. You are so well behaved, but you also steal socks just to be a little naughty. You’re stingy with your kisses, but you always give kisses when you know they are needed the most.
Do you know how special you are? Do you know that you make my life complete? Do you know that just having you near me brings a complete peace to my soul? Do you know that you teach me more every day than any human I have ever encountered? Do you know how much I love you? I hope you know all of these things. I try to show you every day how much you mean to me.
I have an endless list in my mind of things that I love about you, but what I love most about you is the way you let me love you. I love you fearlessly and completely; my heart is so full of pure, unending love for you.
I don’t know if you ever met Randy in some other world before you were sent to me, but I like to believe he helped orchestrate us finding each other. Thank you for showing me how to love unconditionally again.
Breed: Cairn Terrier