awwww, thank you so much for your wonderful post!!
you speak the words that are so often in my heart!!
People think I am crazy, I have a dog stroller, I home cook for her, she rides in the cart at Pet Smart, I do all of her grooming, she comes with my everyday when I pick the kids up from school (her SERIOUS highlight of the day), she is part of our family, our 3rd child. Anything and everything I would do for my human kids I would do for Tillie. "Normal" people just can not grasp this.
I even had a very close friend say, "Ya, but you can not love her as much as you love your OWN children, in the same way as you love them..." she obviously has NO pets. and a 5 month old baby.
Yes, I KNOW Tillie is not a human. I did not give birth to her. But I adopted her, I vowed to love her, to take care of her. for her entire life.
SO thankful I have this board full of supportive friends who understand how deeply our love for these "dogs" go.
As we say in our house, Tillie's isn't a dog. She's just Tillie. the joy of our life... always happy to see me, always there by my side, always ready to play, walk or sleep I just have to give her the cue and she is ready. no complaining, no whine-ing, no games, just honest, deep, faithful love.
I love my girl deeper than I could have ever understood before spending the past 11 months sharing every moment of my life with her.
thanks for starting this thread!