I have to share something. I needed to ask Lady Hugs for forgiveness again today. She has been my very best friend since the day we met. To me she is the most perfect example of unconditional love this side of heaven. She has never judged me, not spoken harshly to me or ever hurt me. Just perfect love.
A side note, you may think I’m crazy to say any of the above. Just know that that is okay . . . fourteen years ago, I would have thought the same thing!
She has been with me through thick and thin. Life had caught up to me in late 2005. I slept 18 hour nights and took 4 hour naps for nearly two years. As I slept, her back was to my back the entire time. She could have been a regular dog and checked other things out, but she didn’t. If I got up and went anywhere in my home, she would follow me. She has been velcro to my every move around my home up until recently.
She is now fifteen and she has had some rough months since winter. While she has improved in many areas; other areas are failing. For example our walks are half of what they were a couple of walks ago. It just hurts so much to see her struggling. As the Chief Canine Executive Officer and Chief Canine Sampling Analyst of her company I fully expected I had a couple of more years left with her until she was injured.
Without sharing the details, my fuse has become way too short and I say things I cannot believe come out of my mouth. Frankly, I am ashamed of myself. Just being honest. There is really no excuse that would be acceptable considering the 100% unconditional love she has provided me. To the contrary, when I was not doing well she never would have reacted as I have. I can look into that beautiful brown eye of her’s and know I am forgiven completely.
And I am thankful I can ask the Lord, the same each time I do or say something that is not appropriate. Great is his faithfulness; his loving-kindness begins afresh each day. – Lam 3:23 Even more so, I am praying: Help me, Lord, to keep my mouth shut and my lips sealed. – Psalm 141:3