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Dear Dog, You Taught Me How To Be Loyal

Dear dog,

Thank you for teaching me how to be loyal.

I remember the exact day that I got you, February 24, 2008 on a cold and rainy day you became a part of the family. I looked at dozens of dogs that day and you stuck out to me the most. I was barely 10 years old and you have helped me become the person who I am today.

I remember our first dog training class. You were a quick learner but stubborn to let me know exactly all that you can do. We spent hours at dog shows, training, and every fall we were the cutest dressed at the Halloween costume contest at dog camp. You tug on the lead when we walk together and every time we are showing you start doing this weird cough, sneeze thing that you ONLY do when we are showing. It is as if you are allergic to the mats or something. You’ve run out of the ring more times then I can count. But at the end of the day, not matter how many times I would get mad at you I still loved you and you still loved me.

I will always remember that you were there for me when nobody else was. On the days I was sick, you stuck close to me. When my anxiety was terrible, beyond the point of being able to get out of bed, you were there. You would snuggle with me, and make sure if I was going to be okay. When I was at the dinner table moving my food around, pretending to eat, you were watching. When I was 17 and suicidal, you watched me write my note, as if you knew.

To my Moe, I want to thank you for being the best dog 10 year old me could’ve asked for. You let me dress me up outfits and costumes, throw birthday celebrations for you, and read stories to you at bedtime. You are truly the reason I am who I am today. You’ve taught me not to be embarrased, how to be true to yourself, and how to be loyal.  As we got older, our relationship may have changed but you were always my best friend.

Although we live in different houses now, you will always be my best bud. I wish you ther absolute best in life. You are truly something special

With all ove the love,

-Leah

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