As I get older, it becomes easier to accept that I don’t know what the future holds. That’s OK. Maybe that’s because there’s more and more evidence of that as you age, but I’ve made peace with the fact that I’ve got to roll with the punches and try to make the best of things sometimes, but that there will be many wonderful things, too. Regardless of what happens down the line, I want my dog to be right by my side for every moment.
When things are good, I want to share the joy with my dog. There’s nothing quite like spending time with your dog when everything is going well. It’s happiness multiplied and amplified. I want to spend lazy Sundays in bed with my pup, or go to the park and toss the ball, doing whatever I can to make her life as awesome as mine is. When everything is going well, all I want to do is make my dog a part of this. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve wished (out loud) that my dog was with me when I’m having a really good time.
There will be hard times, too. It’s a bit more manageable somehow now that there have been some difficult patches to my experience. One thing is absolutely sure: it’s better to weather the storm with a partner, and dogs make the best partners. If it’s just a particularly bad day, dogs are good to go blow off some steam together or hide out under blankets with cookies. When it comes to more seriously trying times, when nothing seems to be OK, dogs are this simple, sweet constant reminder that there is good in life, even if it doesn’t seem like it right now.
Life is unpredictable, and with that comes changes, opportunities and reasons to shift gears from the life I live now. Yes, some of that might make having a dog hard, but I know that I want to find ways to make the curveballs life throws me work with my pup. I’m up to the challenge, and so is she. We’ll find a way to work through the uncertainties of life together. After all, I can’t really envision a future without her.