If you know me at all, you know I'm a dog lover.
Particularly, my gorgeous Skye girl.
No dog is safe from me. I have many dogs in my life and they are all special to me.
Just ask my gorgeous canine nephew and niece who get spoiled by me as often as possible.
I encourage them both to be lap dogs. My brother doesn't appreciate that.
There's also my Mom's dog who is very grumpy and sometimes likes to bite.
You can still see the bite marks on my hand from the last time I saw him.
He doesn't look like a meanie, does he?
Hell, I even love the creepy neighbor's dog.
So, what's up with all the doggy love today?
Well, I just wanted to reaffirm my love for dogs since a coworker recently mocked it. She commented on how much I love my dog, as if it were a thing to be ashamed of.
It offended me a little bit.
Maybe she doesn't realize that my Skye girl was an abused dog living on the streets before she met us. She was misunderstood. Mistreated. She never really learned what it was like to be a dog until she found a home with us.
Since she joined our family, she has learned to play. Learned to trust. Learned to relax. Learned to love.
She has become a completely different dog and I marvel at this every day. She still has her moments. She always will. But, that only helps to remind us of how far she's truly come.
Aside from what we've given her, she has given us so much more.
She has taught us patience. Kindness. Forgiveness. She has taught us what it's like to just have fun again. There is no stress reliever like seeing the sheer joy on her face when you even hint about a walk. The pure fun of prancing through the park. The big silly grin she flashes at you when you come home from a long day.
You just can't help but forget all your worries and grin right along with her.
So, I don't care what anyone says. I think she deserves all the love we can spare and then some. I'm not going to apologize for it.
Do I really have to justify loving a face like that?
So, tell me. Are you an animal person?
Do non-animal people ever make you feel silly about it?