Dear Button,

Button

You came into my life at a time where I truly needed unconditional love and support. My health had deteriorated, Multiple Sclerosis had left me in a hospital bed and unable to walk. Emotionally, I was void. I was fortunate enough to receive a few visits from therapy dogs and their volunteers while in the hospital, and it gave me the inspiration to check myself out, get a dog and learn how to walk again. After all, a dog doesn’t walk itself.

It’s been 2 years, 2 months and 2 weeks since you came to live with me, and since then, my life forever changed. While I do walk with a cane or walker at times, and many days I am weak and in bed, you inspire me to keep moving. You kiss away my tears when I am sad or in pain. You look at me as though you understand everything that I’m thinking, and provide me with a sense of comfort and well-being.

As if that weren’t enough, you work as a therapy dog and help others with physical or mental illness. You’ve laid with patients who are about to pass away, and somehow manage to gently soothe them and allow them to feel the love you give so freely.

You are the reason I am alive, the reason I smile, and the greatest friend/companion a person could have. Thank you for giving me the strength to continue on even when my body doesn’t always want to.

I love you more than words can say…

Breed: Shih Tzu X


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