God Sent Me His Love in the Form of a Pug
by Corinne Denham
When dad brought you home, we had two big dogs and I had not wanted another, especially a small dog. Dad said, "It will only be awhile and our son will take him home." That while turned into a year and a half. When our son came to say he wanted you, dad said, "If you take him now, you will break your mom's heart."
I fell so totally in love with you and you picked me to be your soul-mate. Not dad, like all the other dogs, but me!!! We were everywhere together. I was a housewife, kids grown and gone, and you were a perpetual 2 yr. old. You were ornery and spirited and the most funny, friendly, loving dog. And you loved me best.
You were a challenge, yet I learned to guide you with a gentle hand. Like a spirited horse, I needed to hold the reins gently because pulling up hard made you more stubborn. You couldn't be bribed with treats. I learned that you minded out of love, not for any other reason. You stayed by me because you wanted to.
And I learned that spirit can be the most beautiful attribute. No animal or human is beautiful whose spirit has been broken.
You minded when you wanted and that was ok because you did mind... eventually. You never ran off and made me look for you, yet you never came when I called either, not until you were good and ready. And you allowed me to yell at you without running and hiding. You knew I was all bark and no bite.
Now I find it so hard to be without you. You were my heart. mM boy. God's love in the form of a pug. I don't think this pain will ever leave me till I join you again.
I lost my baby boy Sept. 30th 2011. I wiped your butt, bathed you, fed you, worried over you, put you to bed, taught you, got angry at you, laughed with you, sat up with you when you were sick, cried when they removed your eye. You were my child.
I miss you beyond reason for all the love, devotion, joy and laughter you gave me for 12 glorious years. I'll forever be grateful. Even knowing the outcome, I would do it all again.