A few years ago, I picked up “Stay” by Allie Larkin simply because on the cover, there was a photo of the cutest shepherd I’d ever seen.
After reading the back and realizing it was a love story between a girl and her dog (and so much more), I took it home and finished it in two sittings. It’s a wonderful story and I highly recommend it to my fellow dog lovers.
Today she posted this (click): that Argo, her beloved shepherd, was diagnosed with terminal cancer a few weeks ago. They know their time is limited and will be soaking in every bellyrub, sudden burst of puppy energy and all of that amazing dog magic canine companionship brings while he is still with him.
Reading through the post, this except has stuck with me:
“Argo is my crash course in unconditional love. He’s made it safer for me to love and trust in love. I’ve reached so much further because no matter where I went or what I did — if I failed or succeeded or fell somewhere in between — Argo would greet me at the door and love me just the same. I’m a better person because we’ve belonged to each other. I just wish we had more time.”
Dogs are only with us for a short time. It’s a relationship I cannot compare to anything else – it is so natural and easy, and I am so grateful to share my life with the animals that will pass through my life. It’s so hard to say goodbye, but it’s so very worth it to have that amazing bond with these wonderful creatures.