When you live with
dogs, love is forgiving,
love is kind,
love is gentle, love is steadfast,
love is messy...
How do I love thee?
Let me count the ways...
thee agreeably -
enough to let your stinky doghide on the bed after a run
through damp leaves,
mud and slug infested gardens.
thee steadfastly -
enough to devote a year to raising you from a wobbly speck
into a strong healthy adult
(who promptly attempts to seize control).
thee passionately -
despite your repeated efforts to probe my ears, eyes and
mouth with the
same tongue you use for various other atrocities.
thee well -
despite the amazing odors you produce.
thee deeply -
though you use me as a napkin at every opportunity.
thee madly -
despite the various bodily functions you have performed
at inappropriate moments - in inappropriate places.
thee constantly -
despite the dog "bladder curfew" I have lived
by for 16 years.
thee truly -
despite the "doggie landmines" hidden in the grass.
thee absolutely -
because you never (well hardly ever) hog the remote control.
thee gratefully -
because you stay by my side (or on my side).
thee devotedly -
more than clean carpeting, clothing, furniture, floors or
thee bravely -
enough to battle the indomitable flea on your behalf.
thee monetarily -
enough to put the vet's children through college.
thee openly -
I will bear any embarrassment for your furry sake.
thee totally -
more than free time or excess cash or a predictable life.
Copyright 1998 Elizabeth Cusulas
Tale Waggers - Stories for Dog People
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