The dogs who broke our hearts are quite often the ones who gave us hearts to break.
Before we met the dog who broke our heart, we had an incomplete understanding of unconditional love. Dogs love with everything they have, whether it be the love of a toy, the love of adventure, or sharing love with a companion. The dogs who broke our hearts showed us the capabilities, the possibilities of loving something so much more than we love ourselves, and we returned that love more so with each day.
We did not start off loving the dogs who broke our hearts this way. It wasn’t until they grew in age and developed their own personalities that we realized the maximum potential of their impact on our lives. With each moment and memory, they captured our hearts, and helped them grow to reach an alarming size. So quickly did they fill the void of all the friends we’d lost, fortifying the unspeakable bond between man and dog.
Unfortunately, those who love unconditionally are doomed to feel the unbearable weight of loss as they say their final goodbyes. The dogs who broke our hearts may have taught us joy, but they also taught us incredible sadness, leaving us all to quickly. The most unfortunate part of it all is that we knew from the beginning that they wouldn’t live forever.
The dogs who broke our hearts gave us hearts to break. And though they left a void with passing, they also created space to fill with more love. The dogs who broke our hearts taught us the value of companionship, and gave us the strength and will to love again.
So, this is why the dogs who broke our hearts are so important: If not for them, we’d have no knowledge, no motivation, no space to fill with love for another.
In Loving Memory of Denim