Wednesday, August 22, 2012

For a love that's bigger than me



This is Sparky aka Shushu. I ask myself if it is possible to love a furry creature like I love him. He is 12 years old. I see his aging, his ailing hip now taken by arthritis, and a heart that is aging with him and requires monitoring by a cardiologist.

He jumps and he runs and makes a grumpy noise when demanding attention. Since he came into my life, no doors have ever been closed again... both figuratively and literally.


This is my most altruistic act of love. I would like to say, he asks nothing from me. But he asks for attention and chicken treats. Actually, he demands it.

Never, in a million years, I will be able to describe the love I feel for this little creature "who" makes me a better person everyday.

 " My little dog -- a heartbeat at my feet." ~ Edith Wharton. "

40 comments:

Jenny said...

Oooh Sparky is adorable Ana... and how beautifully you describe the love you feel for your gorgeous furry friend... in the second pic.. it really looks like he is peering out at us in Blogland... he is a gem...

Hugs
Jenny x

Red Shoes said...

He is SO cute!!! Is he a Bijon??

~shoes~

Janet Ghio said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Oh look at your little Sparky!! So cute. My Sparky is also 12 years old. Don't we just love them so!!

Gloria said...

Hi Ana. Your post rings very true with me. There is no love like these little creatures give us. I have lost two family pet members, they are on my sidebar and it is very hard to lose them. Right now I have Chocolatte' that I got after Chorizo passed in 2007 and she is going on 5 years old already. How time flies by. I know what you mean about not ever being the same person once you have the love of your pooch. Sparky is adorable, please hug him for me. Excellent post. Have you ever noticed that when you are sad, they know and how they cuddle up to you to let you know they are there for you. Is that not love or what!! Tee hee. Take care Ana.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Aw, so sweet, Ana. This post really touched me. Like you, I get very attached to the furry creatures I embrace. They do bring joy to our lives. Your Sparky is adorable!

laurie said...

what a sweetheart, its so sad to see them age but their love never changes, our little guy looked alot like this beauty, he was 17 when he left us, I still miss him so much, its been ten years and it feels like yesterday,

Jeanne said...

What a handsome looking gent. I can certainly see why you are in love. :0)

ArtSings1946 said...

Oh, how magical Sparky is and your love for him ... we have four kitties in our little family and I have to say I love them all .. but in my hearts of hearts Arlo has captured me ... I always feel when I look at him that he is a gift and I am blessed. Oh, and one of our girlie kitties is named Sparkie .. it fits her so well.

Love Always,
Jan

turquoisemoon said...

Oooh Sparky is just too cute! I know exactly how you feel...I love my Sophie. :) She is the most precious thing in my life.

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

Aw, he is so so adorable -- his cute black nose is just like my Kipper's :) I totally understand your feelings for him. I am reminded of this quote we used to have up on the wall at the animal shelter where I used to work: "Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe, we are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made".

Jacquelineand.... said...

Your Sparky (ShuShu) is adorable Ana!

I pretty much love all animals but there comes the occasional one that I call my furry angels. There have been a few of these in my life; they wander in and settle themselves firmly in the deepest part of the heart, touching in ways that no other...either two or four legged...do, and in the process making us strive to be better people. My wee Buddha boy is one of those angels.

Wishing ShuShu peaceful and painfree days.

geetlee said...

Sparky is adorable.. furry friends always bring out unconditional love don't they?
I pet sat for a friend's cat a few months back. She was with me only for five days but I cried when she had to leave...

foxysue said...

I'm bonding with your boy, I know those eyes well, they have the same expression as my Jasper. How could you explain the feeling of such a deep love! x

Arkansas Patti said...

That first picture is a bit of art work in itself. So many layers.
I think there is a special place in our hearts for our pets that nothing else can occupy. Those who never know that special love will always have an empty place there and wonder what is missing.
To quote Robert Brault "If dogs could talk, the world would lose its best listeners."
We pet owners are the lucky ones. Enjoy that handsome fellow.



Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Oh he is so adorable. I have 5 such chicken treat demanders in my house and you are so right, no doors are ever closed again. Thanks for the visit. xox

Danielle said...

I have often tried to take a photo of my dogs peeking around the laptop....this is so cute.....and I love your watercolor.

BamaTrav said...

I thought that was my job ;)

Kathy, PaperPumpkin said...

Sparky is adorable. I totally understand your feelings of love for your dog, as my Ellie, a 3 year old Toy Fox Terrior, is my "Best Little Friend" and a thousand other nicknames for the Great Unconditional Love I share with her. I can't remember my life before her. I even tell her, "I hope you remember the moment you and I first met...'cause I do. You melted against me and licked my chin as I held you, and it was love at first touch." Ellie spoons me at night! Sometimes she looks into my eyes with such understanding in her big brown eyes, I am amazed.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Look at that adorable face!!

Francie M said...

So poignant. My dog Flynn is also 12. They still do act like puppies though don't they? Especially when they aven't seen you if you've been out somewhere. And I must say that he is a most handsome fellow! Oviously one of the most if not the most intelligent, loyal, sensitive, brave dog in the USA!

Sherri B. said...

Ana, I completely understand your love for this adorable little dog! He is precious...my Ruby is also 12, and she is my best friend. When I think about how much I love her, my heart feels like it will burst...thanks for sharing your sweet photo!

Beth said...

Aww...Sparky is absolutely adorable! I still miss our beloved dogs---there is nothing quite like their forgiving love. There's a prayer I've heard that I like. I can't remember it exactly, but it's something like, "Lord, help me to be the person that my dog thinks I am." :-)

Gloria said...

Ann, I came back to tell you about the chicken treats. They are saying that the Wagon Train chicken treats and other treats are still on the shelves at stores and shouldn't be because a lot of dogs have become ill and some have died. Most of these products are made in China, (lead) and China won't let the US run it's own inspections on the treats. I had a few bags of chicken jerky treats and tossed them. I decided to try to make my own doggie biscuits and beef jerky and chicken jerky treats. Just to let you know.

Robin Larkspur said...

Your sweet little dog makes me smile. I can't imagine life without a dog in it. The unconditional, non-judgmental love is astounding. I love this quote (not sure who said it):"Let me be the person my dog thinks I am."

bobbi said...

You have no idea of how I deeply understand you. My furry babies literally saved my life more than once with their love. I always say I can do without a boyfriend, but NEVER without a pet. The give you pure unconditional love and ask for nothing in return (apart from those turkey treats).
Hi Sparky!!

Lois said...

Lovely Sparky! I cannot imagine life without an animal. They have calming energy.

Sulky Kitten said...

Sparky is gorgeous! I know exactly how you feel, because from the day we let our little rascal into our home and hearts he has been our constant ray of sunshine. We are devoted to him, as he is to us. i have been meeting a lot of people recently, while out walking him who have quite elderly dogs around 17/18 years old. As long as there is no pain or suffering, they toddle along nicely. I hope the same happens for my pup, and yours.

:.tossan® said...

Um cão pode ser parte da vida do seu dono, basta o amor.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Ana, I just wanted to let you know that I have an award for you on my blog. Check out today's post -- at the bottom you'll see your name and a link to your blog.

Gloria said...

Ana, just look on the internet for how to make chicken jerky or beef jerky treats for dogs. I found mine on Ehow. They are simple to make. Didn't mean to scare you but hey, we love our family pet members. I tossed them out too and I'm making an appt. to for a check-up to make sure baby is okay.

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

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unikorna said...

I have the same fears. Coincidentally my recent post is about my 17 year old cat who's loosing her eyesight. Anyway Shushu looks amazingly strong and happy and full of life...so no worries there for many more years to come :). Kisses for lovely Shushu, such a cute name.

La Dolce Vita said...

Although I do not have any pets, my heart melts when I see one. They want love from us and gives so much love in return. I have seen my friend's pet who jumps at her body and licks her face as soon as she reaches home. Even human beings cannot give us such a warm, touchy -feely welcome as soon as we reach home. I love your other pets too { as seen from the picture that you have uploaded in your blog's right sidebar }. They are adorable.

Buttons said...

Sparky and you are a good fit. B

the turquoise paintbrush said...

awe!! so so sweet. :) sparky is so adorable.

Creatively yours Fi said...

What an awesome quote by Edith! Niamh and I need a furry heartbeat at our feet!! Very soon hopefully x

Willy. said...

Introvert feel's just the same,his name is "Kingy"....
A spaniel king charles.
Sparky&Ana and Willy and Kingy for ever!

Zena said...

Oh... such a sweet and cute dog. I can understand your love. I had to cats, one of them passed away a year and a half ago at the age of 13 and this has broken my heart. Now I am feeling better and we have adopted a new kitty (something I thought I couldn´t do) because my other cat needed something to live for after her sister passed away, both are the joy of my days

Kilika*Hechoamano said...

He is really sweet. I have two dogs and I am foreing in live with them. :-)

Shaharoh said...

The love from a furry creature is something I have yet to experience. We had dogs growing up but they were family dogs and I wasn't really closed to them. I tell my husband that we need to adopt a dog before we have children and after reading this post...I know it'll be worth it!