Saturday, May 8, 2010

Seriously, in my laundry basket?!?!?!

I woke up this morning, looked over the ledge of my bed and found Otis curled up in the laundry basket full of my clean sheets, brand new duvet cover and bath robe. I was furious and quickly shooed him out of the basket. What a brat! (Seriously, it was kind of cute, BUT he was in BIG trouble.)

Then, as I ate my breakfast I looked over at Otis, curled up in his own bed and couldn't help but smile at his cuteness. My dog is absolutely amazing! I know I'm his Mom, so of course I'm going to say this, but there could not be a better behaved dog out there. He's my family, and he's a great friend.

When I wake up in the morning, hair a mess, no make up and grouchy, Otis is still there, giving me my morning kisses. When I get home in the evening and all I want to do is make a quick dinner and lounge around, Otis is OK with that. He greets me when I walk in like he hasn't seen me in days and then makes himself scarce. When I've had a terrible day, he senses it and cuddles up to me, making sure I'm not alone. The dog has literally caught my tears in his ears ("His ears were often the first thing to catch my tears."). Otis is always by my side, no matter my mood, the day, the activity, who I'm with, he's always there (when I let him be), and he never complains. And while he is a dirty old man (Love Pig), he's my baby boy.

I can't imagine what my life would be without this little guy (although his 'dad' has threatened to take him back a lot lately, blah). I don't write this blog to upset those who have recently lost their dogs, but to maybe bring up some memories that you have...although he's gone, he was amazing while he was here.

While many say dogs are 'just dogs', they are a part of our lives, and they have a huge influence in making us who we are today. Because of this, they'll always be with us, whether it's physcially, or only in our thoughts. Once we lose our friend, there will never ever be a replacement, that's a fact. These little creatures who don't talk, can't cry and will not give advice, are one-of-a-kind. And the thing is, they don't have to be able to do these things, and that's probably what makes them so great, because all they have to do is rest their head on our lap, look up at us with their big eyes, and be....then, everything is better, even if it's just temporarily.

Dedicated to Tanner's Momma. "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." I know you will miss him, but wasn't he just SO amazing while he was here?! I know he will always have a BIG place in your heart. Tanner, you will be missed. (And O-Town - you rock, you pesky little thing.)


  1. I was thinking about doing a post about pups today to in memory of Tanner and I am so glad that you did! I cannot imagine what Megan is going through. I really think that A LOT of people love their animals, but do not love them as much as we do. Tanner was Megan's baby and it just breaks my heart. I cried so hard last night and when I looked at Takoda, I cried again today. Dogs love us totally unconditionally and that is such an amazing thing. Kind of like Carrie Underwood said, "the more boys I meet, the more I love my dog!"

  2. This post is amazing...Thank you so much. It's still hard to believe he is gone, he was such a big part of our lives and things just seem empty. But I know without a doubt he gave me so much in the time he was here. He was our little man and not even death can take that from us. Thank you again, all of this support is really helping me carry on...

  3. Hi. I found your blog from Juliana's up there. I really like it so I've started to follow you! I agree with this post.. animals are so amazing. I loved the dogs that I've had in the past and now I have my kitties. They are so amazing how animals love us so unconditionally and they are so funny to watch sometimes.

  4. I think its time for an update! :)


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