What my dog taught me

What my dog taught me

About 9 months ago I had to put my dog down. I took her to the vet and he told me she had arthritis so badly that the pain would become difficult for her to deal with soon. She was having great difficulty walking and he had put her on Prednisone. It really helped for a while but now it wasn’t working. She could barely walk. It was torture to watch her decline and the vet was right. I had dreams about my dog for several months and she still appears in my dreams occasionally.

About 9 months ago I had to put my dog down. I took her to the vet and he told me she had arthritis so badly that the pain would become difficult for her to deal with soon. She was having great difficulty walking and he had put her on Prednisone. It really helped for a while but now it wasn’t working. She could barely walk. It was torture to watch her decline and the vet was right. I had dreams about my dog for several months and she still appears in my dreams occasionally.


In my dreams she tells me things she always wanted to tell me when she was in her body, but couldn’t. She said I shouldn’t have blamed her for my passing gas. She knew I was doing that and felt I was harming her image. I said what image. You go around rubbing your butt on the rug and that’s disgusting. She said she thought that was the sole purpose for carpet; well, that and peeing on it. I said no, and reminded her that she also spent an inordinate amount of time licking your private parts. She said I was just jealous.

Mostly I loved her unconditionally, as she did me. Whether I was gone 1 minute or 7 days, she freaked out happy when I returned. She never cared if I gained 10 pounds or had bags under my eyes. She loved me completely. It was never how I looked. It was about who I was to her; our connection. She loved me. She was my teacher when it came to understanding the word unconditional.

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I’m a writer, parent of 2 amazing kids, and been through all 12 steps in AA. I am also divorced. My main financial burden is affording my psychologist and my main pleasure is being able to fall asleep without sleeping pills, which doesn’t always happen. My past feels like a lifetime ago and my present feels like a present. I’m one of those people who literally wakes up in the morning grateful that I get to have another day and didn’t kill myself 12 years ago. Mostly my life is now a blessing. I have a lot of stories from those days when it didn’t feel life was a blessing and also about now, wh ...

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