Dear Tucker,

Tucker

First and foremost: I adore you. For the last 8 of my 56 years, you have been my son who walks on four paws and doesn’t speak clearly. I rescued you sight unseen at already 7 ½ months old. I feel cheated out of your first 7 ½ months and know nothing of what you experienced during that time. I only know of the past 8 plus years you have filled with unconditional love, that have flown by.

Thank you so much for bringing smiles to my face every day and making me laugh out loud– and for comforting me during the times that are dark or sad. The companionship you give has made every day we’ve shared better and brighter. Even as I get older, the softness of your blonde head as you cuddle next to me reminds me that I am never alone. You are the laughter and joy in this house and I could not love you more deeply even if you could answer me back in a human voice all your own. Instead you speak to me with your endearing big brown eyes, the same as mine. You are my comfort dog.

Sometimes when you look at me with those eyes, I wonder what you are thinking. Perhaps you see a part of me that I can’t seem to find in myself, or lost somewhere along the way. Your loving look and quiet calm remind me that I should just focus on the ‘now.’ You bring me peace of mind  which is so elusive in our busy human world.

I envy that your world around you is simplistic. You are so fearless for such a small little doglet. You keep me safe from snakes, rabbits and squirrels, as well as things that go bump in the night. You’re ready to take on thunder and fireworks. You bravely guard our castle when I have to leave you for short periods of time. When I return you are sitting in your spot in the window and I sing you the how much is that doggie in the window song– finishing with ‘I know that doggie’s not for sale,’ and then add, ‘not even for a million bucks!’

Sometimes I wish you were a person and other times I think you have already been in human incarnation, or will be next time around. You have already learned to be accepting of everyone. We need more love like that on this Earth. Humanity needs to be inspired to live like our dogs do–to live like you. You are always so willing to trust and to love.

You have kept me company and travelled around the world with me giving me companionship in faraway places. I wish you could know that people still love you from afar. They still check on you because of your special talent of bringing so much happiness to everyone. I am glad God chose me to share your world.

I promise that I will do all I can to keep you happy and that every night that you will be safe in your bed. Sometimes I wake and check on you while you are sleeping and watch you softly breathing. You are such a Velcro doglet, following me up the stairs, down the stairs–always watching me, when it’s really my job to watch you and take care of you. I just wanted to let you know I love you and thank you for all you are and all you do. My sweet little doglet, Tucker, my soul mate on four paws. You will always be in my heart.

Breed: Yorkie


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