How Could I Ever Explain?

My Tail of Devotion for Ruffian

August 26th 2006 11:27 am
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Ruffian,

How can I ever explain to you how much you mean to me? When I saw you there in the shelter, I knew right away we needed each other! I don't know if it was something in your eyes, or they way you yelped over and over when I walked away, or the story of how they found you all alone in a parking lot. Whatever it was, it caught my attention! After you came home with me, we had to take care of many issues; seperation anixety, tonsilittis, a skin infection, an allergy to flea bites, an abcess, a growth on one of your tonsils. Ah yes, and we had to work on stealing food off the coffee table! But how do I know this was all worth it?

You have protected me fiercely! You have an uncanny sense of when I might be in danger! Remember the time when we were traveling down to TX and we were at a truck stop? Someone petted you and you loved it! Then they walked toward me and asked for money, and you tried to attack them! And remember the time when we were on a walk alone together and some guy in a car slowed down and tried to talk to us? You wouldn't have any of that! You raised your hackles from your neck to the base of your tail and showed those teeth between growls and fierce barks!

Then there are the times when we just sit quietly. Even now you are curled up at my feet, awake but just keeping me company. You have been there for me through good times and bad. When I am sad you let me hug you and cry. When I am happy you wag your tail and do that cute little dog smile! You know, how your bottom row of little teeth stick out!

I know sometime in the future the day will come when you aren't as peppy as you are now. You won't be able to run with me, or chase a ball. And then some day, you will be gone. I try not to think about it, but how can I not? And as I am typing this I cannot help but chuckle, because you just started snoring! You always seem to make me happy when I am down!

I knew that day that rescuing you was the right thing to do, and everyday you prove to me how right I am! Thank you for three wonderful years and the many more to come!

Love you with all my heart,

Your Mama


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