There is so much I want to say to you but no language or combination of words could do it justice.

15 year old me was walking towards school one morning and guess who I saw at the side of the road, big eyes staring up at me, tail wagging vigorously? Yeah, it was you! It was love at first sight. I bunked school that day and stayed to play with you instead (best decision I’ve taken till date). Morning turned into night and I knew I had to take you home. And so I did. Mom wasn’t pleased at all. But both of us looked up at her, head slightly tilted, eyes big and watery. She obviously couldn’t resist two adorable puppy faces.

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I know you cannot read this but I wish you’d know how much love you’ve filled my soul with!

Four years since that day and you’re still as excited to see me. I don’t understand your need to form three circles before lying down or your need to bark at the doorbell. I don’t understand your need to chase your own tail or to pee at every pole-like object when we go for our walks. I don’t understand why you get overjoyed every time I walk in through the door, even if I had gone just to pick up the mail. I don’t understand your need to accompany me to the bathroom or throw a fit every time I don’t let you in. I don’t understand why you prefer the middle of my bed when you have plenty other options, but I’m not complaining.

Even though I don’t understand you most of the times and I know you do!

You always know when I’m feeling low and try your hardest to make me feel better even if it is just resting your head on my lap (it works 99.9% of the time). You get overjoyed every time I have something to celebrate.

I’m not sure what goes on in your head every time I come home or every time I ask you who the best baby in the whole world is. But your expression in those little moments truly make my life complete.

I know you cannot read this but I wish you’d know how much love you’ve filled my soul with!

Love,

Your human.

 

Author: Zainab Haji

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