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Dog lovers vs. Get that dog away from me people

Dog lovers vs. Get that dog away from me people

If anyone asked me a year ago if I loved dogs I would have said, “No ways! They are smelly, hairy, annoying fleabags”. I also never got why some people that love dogs act like the dog is their baby. The dog even goes wherever they go. It was mind boggling to me and I could not understand why. So I was in the get that dog away from me category.

We always had dogs while I was growing up, but I always just saw the dog as just a dog. Fast forward a year later and now I’m a very proud dog lover. Yip, that actually happened to me. I always thought either you were born liking dogs or not, but apparently you can switch sides. My little guy Buffy is the reason why I switched.

Buffy has been part of our family for about 8 years now. Over-friendly Buffy, that just wanted to make friends with everyone and I found that extremely annoying because this dog just wanted to jump on me and try to play with me whenever he saw me.   

About a year ago he decided he wanted to make friends with our neighbour’s three pitbulls. Yes I know! Terrifying thought. They were not so friendly and decided he would be their lunch for the day. According to the three headed pitbull monster, he was trespassing on their territory. That day my heart broke into a million pieces. 

After being rushed to the animal hospital and operated on, he returned home to us after three weeks. The longest three weeks of my life. I remember thinking this little guy is a survivor and I swore from that day on I’ll never let anyone hurt him again.

He made a full recovery, but mentally he was not ok. Gone was the happy over-friendly dog I knew. All he did was hide, not eat and he was scared of everything all the time. I felt so sorry for him. He didn’t deserve what happened to him. 

As time went by he started improving and gained back the weight he lost. His new favourite meal became chicken and rice. He had a hard time eating his normal dog food. As the days went by we grew closer and closer and now I can’t imagine my life without him. 

I feel sad and guilty that I missed out on so much time with him. I never realised a dog can bring you so much joy.  I found a new best friend that loves me unconditionally and I him. Do you how rare it is to find someone that just loves you for being you? He has his own weird personality that matches mine. Yes it’s true what they say about dog and owner becoming like each other. 

I started noticing that other dogs in our family were friendlier to me. They probably sensed I’m different somehow. I’m still cautious of the bigger, stronger dog types like pit-bulls. I have sort of forgiven the three headed monster. Even though they hurt my Buffy, they were the reason me and him are so close today. 

Isn’t that odd how tragedy opens up ones eyes? That applies to a lot of things in our lives. Only when something bad happens we realise how much we actually care about that thing or person or pet. Sometimes it’s too late. Guess I was lucky to get a second chance with my dog. I try to show him everyday how special he is. 

For those who don’t really like dogs I hope one day you will experience what its like to have that special bond with a furry best friend. I will be sharing some of the things I’ve learned after becoming a dog lover in some future blog posts. Those who want to form a bond with their dogs might learn a thing or two.  

Until next time, Goodbye

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