When your child receives a diagnosis, your world spins. Your mind tries desperately to manage emotions so intense you wonder if you’ll ever make it through. And then, then you find someone else just barely able to stay afloat and you look at them, secretly at first. How do they do it? Do they feel the guilt, shame, fear? Do they feel a love so fiercely protective that they can hardly breathe? Are they like you? And then you realize they are like you. You open up a little, and then a little more. You talk, you laugh, and you share. You bond because there are few like you and your friendship will be rare. This week many of these rare bonds were formed, and for that we are grateful.
All our life we have realized that dogs, who have no ego or fear of failure, are the most superior of friends. We want this friendship for all of our children. Whether it be a loyalty that keeps them safe in a world so difficult to navigate, or the deep pressure that makes them feel calm, a dog will help us teach our children all the most important lessons about life.
A dog, like a parent, will love a child more than it loves itself. For this reason, these dogs are the only therapy suitable for living in our world, day and night, year after year. If you need more evidence than that, I suggest you look into the kind brown eyes of any pup in the room.
You’ve no doubt bonded with your pup already. He likely adores you, too. If he could speak, this is what I believe he would say to you today:
And if some of you have shed a tear today, then let me lighten the mood with a quote to end this speech:
“A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.” ― Robert Benchley
Alex and Shanell