Why Your Dog Will Always Be Your Best Friend

Why Your Dog Will Always Be Your Best Friend

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What's not to love about furry paws bouncing off the floor, while a cold schnoz meets you face-to-face to deliver plenty of "I missed you" kisses? There are plenty of reasons why your dog will always be right by your side. Once a puppy sniffs its way into your heart, there's no going back.

Why, you ask? Well, dogs are extremely selfless. They're loyal, they're kind and they're everything that people are sometimes just not. It doesn't matter what size they are, either. Whether a chihuahua or a Great Dane, dogs will protect you with their lives.

By now, the thought that never seems to leave you is floating around in your head: What did we ever do to deserve dogs?

Well, the question is simple, my friend.

We don't deserve dogs.

These little fuzzy blobs of slobber and energy find ways of making us more happy than we even realize. The cute way they wag their tails, the aww-worthy way they shake hands and even the gentle nature they behold while around small children are the reasons for our smiles. There's something so comforting about knowing how a little puppy could be so innocent and loving in such a cruel world.

Your pup is the only being who never holds a grudge against you. You leave them day after day to go to school, work or whatever it is that life has you busy with, and they never hate you for it. They miss you more than anything, of course, but anger is something that isn't, and will never be possibly held, in those big puppy dog eyes.

And that's kind of beautiful, really. That dogs hold emotions, just like you and me.

They also hold plenty of power over us.

More than likely, you can't resist your dog's begging. Every once in a while (but not too often, of course) you sneak them delicious treats. You "drop" the last third of your ice cream cone, or "spill" a couple pieces of popcorn on the rug. Usually, you've got a shadow right behind you, wagging its tail and licking its chops to happiness.

You could tell your dog all your secrets, no matter how life-altering they may be, and dogs will look at you like you couldn't be any more special. The only reward they ask for being such great listeners is that you scratch their waiting bellies.

Like we've said, dogs are special.

They'd stroll with you past the ends of the earth if they could.

Maybe your best friend has already found his or her way to Doggy Heaven. I know my girl did a couple of years ago. The emptiness of losing her is still there, too. But she will always have a special place in my heart, as I'm sure your angel does, too.

Your dog is only here for a short while, so it's up to you to make every second with your love bug count.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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The Old Oak Tree

A short poem about returning to one's childhood home.

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Looming over the burned-out house is an oak tree,

Hundreds of years old at least.

The smell of smoke is gone, but skeleton of the house remains,

A mere speck when compared to the tree.

Whose branches reach out to me like hands,

Begging for me to come closer.

I do.

I sit under the tree like I did when I was young.

The ground is damp from the rain,

I feel the sogginess soaking through my jeans.

I remain.

It is cooler under the branches,

A limitless amount of leaves shades me from the daylight.

I stay there. All day.

Staring at the charred remains of my childhood home.

I stay there until fog begins to form in the crisp night air,

Cold and sharp against my cheeks.

No longer able to withstand the cold, I take my leave looking back once more.

It's nice to know that even when I'm gone,

The old oak tree remains.

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