Man’s Best Friend, faithful to the end.
My dog Scrubby. He is getting old. At 14 he is the equivalent of a 98-year-old man in human years..or so they say. Maybe that is why he has been sleeping 21 hours a day, having a hard time getting up and panting after a walk to his food bowl. My faithful companion who has stuck by me through thick and thin, through the good times and the awful times seems to know his time his near (though not quite here just yet). When I was down, he laid by my side continually. When I was sick he sat by me and rested his head on my shoulder. When I was happy he was happy with me. When I went through a divorce he was there, looking at me and licking me as if to say “cheer up Dad, you still have me”!
Scrubby is the best dog I have ever owned in my life. He never had a mean bone in his body yet he would risk his life if it meant he would save mine. Dog’s are faithful like that and I have yet to meet a person…a human… who can match a dogs trust and faithfulness. They have hearts of gold and are innocent as a newborn baby. They do not know anger or think bad thoughts. A dog becomes very much like one of your own children..a family member that sticks with you to the end.
Scrubby always ran to the door when I would come home, even if it was from a 5 minute trip to the corner store. He would be excited and happy. These days he still gets up though his back legs are stiff and make it hard for him to move, let alone run to the door. It takes him a minute or two but he still greets me. Yes he has lost much of his energy but he still has his spirit as he will struggle to get up when I get close and I tell him to just stay and relax. He usually still gets up, wags his tail and follows me to wherever I go in the house.
I know the time is getting near for Scrubby as the last thing I want is for him to be in any kind of pain or suffering. He still gets excited, still seems happy and still has some energy but lately he has just not been the same. So since that day is near I decided to put up this post as a tribute to all dogs..and owners who love them. Scrubby may have a week left, or a month or maybe a few months. Maybe he will stick me with another year but when that day gets here..when his time comes.. it is going to be very hard for me. I have lived alone for the last 2 1/2 years..just me and him for the most part.
So to all of those who have a faithful companion of their own go over to them after reading this and give them a pat on the head, a hug or even sit with them for a few minutes. If there is one thing in life dogs love and want, it is our affection. That’s all they crave really. In return they give us everything they have as if their purpose is to please us. :)
All photos in this post were shot with the Olympus OM-D and 12-50 Kit zoom. One photo was shot with the OM-D and Leica 50 Lux 1.4.