National Dog Day: She Was Only a Dog


I wrote this in response to the death of our dog Ethel when a reader wrote, “What’s the big deal; she was only a dog?” I am reprinting for National Dog Day (which was August. 26).

Only a dog sees you every day with the same joy she did on the previous day.

A dog’s love is the most dependable guarantee of a relationship there is at a time when few relationships are guaranteed.

Only a dog will always tell you the truth. Dogs don’t lie.

Only a dog knows exactly how you’re feeling. Dogs innately take our emotional temperatures, arguably better than your significant other or your own children.

Only a dog will love you – always and forever and unconditionally.

You are right dear reader she was only a dog. Happy National Dog Day.

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