We humans can and do form mutually inspiring and beneficial relationships with our dog companions, and this experience colors every aspect of our life.
I asked myself "Did having a dog as a child affect my life?" The answer was obviously yes. More difficult, however, has been trying to articulate how my life has been affected. I'm not sure if I even can!
|The only picture I have of my first love|
When I reread I & Dog I will think of Eli. And Pepper. And Logan. I'll remember the joy they brought into my life. I'm sure I'll cry. As the book also says:
The biggest problem with dogs is that they don't
live long enough. They always seem to leave us when
we're most vulnerable, most in need of their bias,
affirming presence. Dogs make us believe we can
actually be as they see us, and it's often only when
they're gone that we realize their role in what we've become.
I'm going to grab a box of Kleenex and then give Roxy and Jedi a hug. I'm thankful for the dogs in my life. How about you, have you hugged your dog today? -- K