Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Dear Chandler

Dear Chandler,

You may not remember this but at the beach last weekend, you lost your sh*t.  I get it. A rambunctious puppy came storming over to you on the beach and all you wanted to do was run alongside of her for miles on end and tumble over her straight into the infinite ocean. But you couldn't, as you were tethered to us since I was working with my tripod and Jay was helping me stabilize the umbrella. Right after the puppy left, a group of birds decided to cash in on an opportune moment and menacingly encircled us, enticing you to chase them while knowing they were far out of reach. And just in that moment, a sweet little girl came over, her Chihuahua in tow, swarming you with hugs and pats

As she ran back away to her family and birds fluttered over your head - in the distance you could still see the puppy you wanted to play with romping in and out of the crashing waves: You could no longer take it. You jumped up and down, up and down [he can jump high, see here]. You barked loudly and repeatedly in an effort to convince us to let you loose. You entangled the leash around our legs as you desperately tried to get to every or any stimulant that seemed to be enticing you all at once. As we tried to steady a tripod under an umbrella and attempted to calm you down, we yelled. We shouted. It was not your best moment - or ours - and we left the beach quite annoyed. Our only reprieve was in making jokes along the way about how we will be sure to find you a great new home with a huge bed for you to sleep on*.
^Fittingly chose a pic for this post where Chandler looks like he is contemplating ways to kill me, ha.

I hope you know that we meant not one word. I hope you know that you are now, and always will be, more than a dog. I wanted you long before I met you and you have added immeasurable joy to us from the moment we had you in our arms. People may say that's dramatic but I must just assume those people are not dog people.

You helped us grow as a family. Somehow our coupledom was concreted and reinforced when we had to work together to ensure that all your needs were being met. We had to divide and conquer in a way we hadn't before. We started cheering you on in your milestones such as when you figured out potty training and when you got totally used to the inherent loud noises of a bustling city after your first few weeks of being freaked out. You brought love, as all puppies do. But you brought more than that. You brought shared responsibility in the best way possible.

I always knew you were important to me. But moving to a new city has made "important" too insignificant of a word. Your companionship has been more of a lifeline than a perk. You've become my friend-in-tow on my weekend errands. My reminder that I am home even when I'm far from most of my people. You've been my al fresco dining companion, my movie buddy and my snuggly pillow. You never have been and never will be "just a dog".
So while I celebrate all that you do so well (such as going places on command, being so sweet to other dogs and 100% non-reactive when dogs bark at you, staying where you're told, etc.), I also realize that I need to work with you on what you don't do so well (such as being unable to compute that there is a loose puppy + a host of birds + a little girl + a Chihuahua + crashing waves as you are tied to your parents).

So even if you lose your sh*t from time to time, just remember that there's never been a family member who I love more than anything who didn't bug the ever-living **** out of me every now and again. Being annoying is human dog(?). Looking past it and unconditionally loving you is family.

Love you forever.

*Alllll jokes, we would never rehome him. Not even if he did awful things such as repeatedly take the good pho bowl.
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14 comments:

Stephanie Wilhite said...

This makes my heart so happy! Chandler is adorable and as you know I just got a puppy, so I can't wait for stories and memories like this to happen! :)

Pat Hatt said...

haha Poor guy just wanted to play. They can sure test ones patience from time to time, but are worth it indeed.

Nadine Lynn said...

Awwwwww. My 11 year old dog sometimes still loses her shit from time to time so it is something that they may never grow out of haha. But they are so cute and sweet at other times so it is totally worth it!!!!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

A family outing where everyone needed some zen after is like every family outing we take. HAHAHA

I'm with you though, there's nothing that my dogs could do that would make me re-home them...like pooping and peeing inside daily as they age or losing their shit everywhere we walk in a new town. LOL

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

This is too stinkin' adorable and so true! Roxy loses her shit a lot too, and it's apart of her personality that we love so much! I love how distinct dogs' personalities are <3
Green Fashionista

MilitaryPugWife said...

Aw your dog is so cute! Our babies are our everything! I can't imagine a life without them. Puppies are crazy....our BabyBelle Pug literally tore down a blind on our back porch....AND she ate the wall molding....which was fun to repair when we moved out. But who cares! We love her.

Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders said...

This is seriously the sweetest post ever! I don't know what we'd do without Dart, and after his accident we became even more aware of how much he means to us, even when they do annoying things! And I bet that Chandler totally knew that you were joking about sending him to another home. Dart knows that Chris is joking when he says he's going to send him to the pound. I know that Chandler got lots of hugs and kisses when y'all got home!

Emily @ Beauty Blether said...

This is so awesome :) Dogs are the absolute BEST and I will NEVER understand people that don't love them. My two dobermans are still young and drive us nuts often, but I love them so much my heart could explode and I can't imagine life without them. Love finding another dog lover!! xx

Brittany said...

This is honestly so sweet. It's almost scary how much you can fall in love with your pets, isn't it?! They truly are members of the family.

Emily said...

I have the same love and bond with my pup...she just melts my heart. I don't know how many times a day I tell her she's SO cute...She probably think "cute" is her name. lol

Midnight Cowgirl said...

So sweet! Pets are such a comfort when you move to a new place :)

julie @ jewelswandering.com said...

Aww, that's right... Chandler is no JUST a dog, but so much more...! My doctor always scolds me when I go into get my inhaler (I'm allergic to cats yet I have a cat) each month - You need to get rid of the cat. I'm like, Oh hells no! George is not just a cat...! He's my little baby!! Such a sweet post!! xx

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

i love this. i feel the same way about my cats.. and i am a dog people (er, person) as well! i think people who say things like i don't know real love or family until i have kids or blah blah blah just aren't animal people. or they are just sucky people. pets are family. end of story.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Hello dear friend :) what a heartwarming post. I laughed and smiled throughout - and even got a little emotional. Chandler is beautiful...