Dear Girlie,

You really have no idea how much you mean to me. I never thought I could bond with another dog after I lost Taz. I felt broken hearted and didn’t think that any dog could ever fill that void. And then, on May 2, 2004 I found you. You were born on March 18, 2004 and you were six weeks old when I brought you home. As soon as I saw you I knew that you were the one.

So many times you have been there for me, my faithful friend. When nobody else seems to care, you always do. You have licked so many tears from my face. I can not put into words what you mean to me. You’ve been there for me through a divorce, the failure of friendships, the death of a close friend and countless other things.

If I mention the word frisbee you can not contain your excitement. You learned how to play when you were 3 months old. I love watching you jump to catch the frisbee, it still amazes me how good you are at it.

I love you girlie. You are such a loyal dog. No matter what kind of a day I have had I know that you are always there, happy to see me. Your beautiful blue eyes light up the room. Your entire body wiggles when you see me. Such unconditional love. People should love one another this way.

From now until we part, I promise to take care of you. You have enriched my life so much and brought me so much joy.

Dear Aussie,

When your father brought up the idea of getting a dog I was terrified. I had never had a dog before and wasn’t sure how I felt about it. Then I saw you. I knew the second I saw you that you were the one. Now two years later, I can’t imagine what my life would be like without you. You bring more joy to my life than I could have ever imagined possible. You are one of my best and most loyal friends in this entire world. From the moment I wake up to you staring at me and waiting for me to come and scratch your belly and play to the moment we fall asleep at night cuddling. When I took you home that evening in October I thought that we were rescuing you but really you were rescuing us. You brought so much joy and love into our home and have become such a big part of our lives. You complete our family and our home. I wish every dog could have a life like yours and I wish every home could have a dog like you. Many of our friends and family think I am crazy the way I love you. But the only thing I know for sure is that I am crazy about you and the love and friendship that we have for each other! When you, your father, and I are together it is pure happiness and nothing in this world seems to matter. You instantly relieve our stress and make us forget how crazy busy our lives are. You make us realize how important it is to to cherish the fortunate lives we have together. We will forever love you!

I love you my little Aussie Bear!

Your Mommy

Dear Miss Zora,

My dearest Zora… where to begin?

You entered our home as a clumsy, little fur ball whose legs were too long for your body. I loved you instantly. Even as a puppy, you are such a good dog, minus the fact that my armchair and ottoman are missing some corners. You sleep in our bedroom every night without incident, patiently spend time in your crate while we’re away at work and spend hours staring our the window to make sure the house is safe.

Thank you for making sure I’m protected at night while daddy is away for work or hunting. I no longer have to worry about all that goes bump in the night because I know you’ll probably lick ‘em to death. I love being woken up to your face on my pillow every morning, even when it’s before my alarm goes off. I love your kisses and hugs and when you spoon with me during TV time.

Adopting you during our first year of marriage is great practice for kids someday. If you haven’t noticed, I’m a tad OCD. Toys and blankets all over the floor from one end of the house to the other tests my patience sometimes. Just because I pick up a toy and bring it to your basket, doesn’t mean you immediately have to get it back out. Just sayin’. Even your nose artwork on my sliding door, my chewed up underwear and shredded fleece blankets are constant reminders that you’re so very special to me.

I don’t know what I would do without you. I’d probably still be talking to myself in an empty house, making excuses why I shouldn’t go out and run and feeling like something was missing in my life. I love you so much and can’t imagine a life without you and your crazy ears.

I may have rescued you, but you rescued me as well.