faithful dog will play with you,
He’ll laugh with you or cry.
He’ll gladly starve to stay with you,
Nor ever reason why.
When you’re feeling out of sorts, he’ll somehow understand,
He’ll watch you with his shining eyes and try to lick your hand.
His blind, implicit faith in you is matched by his great love
The kind that all of us should have, in the Master up above.
When everything is said and done, I guess this isn’t odd
For when you spell “dog” backwards, you get the name of God

~Author Unknown

When I was a kid, my mom had this poem hanging up in our kitchen for as long as I can remember. Whether or not you consider yourself a religious person, these words will ring true for any person whose ever looked into a dogs eyes and seen what unconditional love truly looks like.

Dogs have always been an important part of my life. At one point when I was a kid, family vacations involved cramming 3 boys under 10, 3 golden retrievers, and a week’s worth of vacation supplies into a Chrysler minivan for the 4 hours drive down the shore. Nothing brings you closer than a family road trip and the dogs were always a part of those trips.

When Anne and I adopted Braveheart, he changed our lives tremendously. He was a permanent fixture in our lives and even helped me propose to Anne. When we lost him last December, we were heartbroken. He had such a profound impact on us and our growth as a couple that he became more than a dog, he became part of the family.

Yesterday, Anne and I signed the adoption papers for this sweet little girl from Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. Life is an adventure and we couldn’t be happier to make Lemon a part of that adventure.



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