In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
Dogs are a great mystery. They work magic in everyday situations: they console silently. They entertain. They are faithful. They are, in short, amazing creatures.
There’s a story about when my husband and I were first dating. He stopped by my house for the first time, and Darwin ran up to greet him. My husband reached down and made a huge fuss about my dog. As I was walking into the other room to grab my purse before leaving, I called out to him, “Don’t try to get in good with me through my dog.”
Years later, we laugh about that. My husband admits that yes, he was trying to “get in good” with me through my dog, but he also did like Darwin – a lot. And if I’m honest with myself, I know that no matter how wonderful my husband is, if he hadn’t
liked loved Darwin, I would not have married him.
I recently stumbled upon a short by Disney. It perfectly captures the various roles of a dog - in seven minutes. Watching this made me think of Darwin, and how hard it must have been for him. See, Darwin and I were best friends. He slept in bed with me. He shared all my adventures (he was my date to two separate weddings). He was my therapist and my personal trainer. He was my binge-watching X-files partner. How difficult it must have been for him to have someone else move into those roles. My husband is 6ft., as am I. There was no room in the bed for all three of us, so I bought Darwin a nice, comfy bed for the floor. Kids came, meaning he was no longer my personal trainer – we were relegated to our daily walk, not our everyday rambling jaunts. But Darwin took it in stride. Because he loved me. Life may change, but not our bond. Circumstances may differ, but not our devotion. And even though he went over the Rainbow Bridge many years ago, he’s still my boy.
So when I saw this animated short, aptly entitled “Feast”, it instantly brought a smile to my face, because that was Darwin.