For Sparkie and Baxter
I originally wrote this for my Facebook page back in December. I’ve been chewing on it the last few days though, since the person who inspired it lost her girl, Sparkie, this week.
Kirsten and I first connected nearly a decade ago, via the fitness blogging community. We’ve never met face-to-face, but we’ve had enough interactions through the years that I consider her a true friend. Six or seven years ago, in a reply to one of my Facebook posts, she impacted my life significantly with this simple comment…
“Dogs are love…”
It was in response to a picture I posted of my dog, Stroodle, when he was a puppy.
I consider myself a dog person. With few exceptions, there’s been a dog in my life every day since I was born. Kirsten’s comment that day took my appreciation of dogs to another level, though I’m not sure why. Perhaps because it came at a difficult time in my life — I don’t know. I only know that from that moment forward, those words have resonated daily. Yes, every day since reading that comment, it’s run through my head, often several times a day.
“Dogs are love…”
It’s not as if I didn’t already think dogs were love. I did. I do. I always will.
Something’s happened to me in the last decade or so — like a personal dog/love renaissance. I hold dogs in a much higher regard and with a greater reverence than I ever have, and that appreciation increases with each passing day. I love and appreciate dogs, all dogs, more today than I did yesterday. I will love them that much more tomorrow — all of them.
Last week, Kirsten, who inspired this piece, lost her girl Sparkie after 14 years. Several days ago, my sister-in-law also lost her dog, Baxter.￼ My response to each, on learning of their losses, was the same response I offer everyone under the same circumstances, and it’s possibly one of the best sentences ever constructed…
“When you get to heaven, all your dogs come runnin’ to ya…” Kinky Friedman
I will add to that, the only truth I’ve ever known is looking into the eyes of a dog.
This is what I think about when I ride… Jhciacb
This Week By The Numbers…
Bikes Ridden: 7
14.9 mph avg
13 hours 10 minutes seat time
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