At the moment, Murphy is sneaking an adoring look at his Mother, glad that she was home for the holiday weekend. Murphy, as I look at you lying there, snoring loudly, not just because you are a Lab, but also because of your laryngeal paralysis, I wanted to put down some loving thoughts I have about you and things I have learned from you along the way…strangely enough, yes, I have learned things from you too Murph. I have learned…
-That you only live once, right Murph, so live each day like it’s your first! Wag your tail, do some counter surfing, jump on the couch, and bark loudly at Zsa Zsa!
-That in order to gain your rescue respect, I had to first give it to you at all times. Lord knows how this was tested with some of your shenanigans.
-That there is such a thing as a nightly clean slate! Wipe it clean! Erase that frown! Start over the next day, grudge free.
-That there is no such thing as “just a Lab”.
-That your leash is just a training tool. I can give you a ball and you’ll follow me anywhere!
-That you can mutilate a bag of potatoes, eat a loaf of bread, wolf down a bag of hershey kisses, and break an antique jar, and I will still love you.
-That a rescue Lab will make you smile every day!
-That no matter how many times you come bounding out the door, and run across the landing like a herd of buffalo, knocking over the same plant every day, that you are just so happy to see me and have me home. And, that I am glad to be home with you too.
-That you are kind of a big deal…people know you.
-That you are the most well-behaved when you are asleep, period.
-That life is even better with a Lab in it!
-That I can and have used every last one of my TBS stress coping skills while raising you, and they worked! Murphy, you don’t have any. Your idea of stress management is either eat it or pee on it. Seriously Murphy?
-That I continue to learn every day about unconditional love from my you.
-That no matter who the latest Hollywood hottie is, you are infinitely more handsome.
-That I would be lost without you. Thanks for being at the exact place at the exact time I was looking for you. Stay Calm and Keeping Snoring my handsome guy. I love you more than you can imagine!
Hey Murphy…you up for going to #200?