Sometime last week I heard about this website, A Letter to My Dog. It's absolutely amazing. A Letter to My Dog is a blog and book project by photographer Robin Layton and publisher PQ Blackwell. The website includes letters from famous and unknown dog-owners who all have one thing in common: a love of their dogs. In 2012, exceptional letters and their canine recipients will be contacted to be photographed for the book, a portion of the proceeds of which will go to the Humane Society of the United States. I instantly got sucked in, and I'm sure you will too, but fair warning - it's one of those website you shouldn't read unless you're prepared to have a little cry.
It didn't take long before I decided, I had to submit a letter to Astrea. I encourage you to submit one too! On Sunday, my letter went up on the blog, and here it is again...
I’ve never told anyone this, but I almost passed you up. I wasn’t sure if I was ready. I didn’t know if I had it in me. Losing Sancho after just five months was almost too much. I didn’t know if I could do it again. What if I couldn’t love another dog the way I loved him? I was heartbroken and scared, but those perfect little eyebrows told me I had to give you a chance. From the moment I met you I knew Sancho sent you to me. The way you nuzzled your face into my hair and were perfectly content in my arms, I knew you were at home with me.
I felt so guilty at first. There were still so many nights that I cried about Sancho. I was afraid you and I wouldn’t connect, but it was those nights that made me realize how perfect you were. There were those nights where you knew I just needed to cry and you were happy to cuddle with me until I was done. Other nights, I couldn’t help but laugh the way you jumped on me and licked the tears off my face. You motivated me to get up and get out. Before I knew it I couldn’t imagine my life without you.
I’ll be honest, I never saw myself as a ‘dog person.’ If someone would have told me one day I’d be getting misty eyed while writing a letter to my dog, I would have told them they were crazy. But here I am, with you curled up at my side. So what I really want to say is this – I hope you understand how much fun I have playing with you. And how thankful I am that you forgive me when I get mad. How much I appreciate your over the top welcome when I come home from work. How happy I get when you act like a puppy and sleep with your face buried in my hair. But mostly I just hope you know how much I love you.
Thank You For Loving Me Back.