Brandy loves Whiskey.

It is amazing. All of my life I have had people with dogs try to convince me that pups are better pets to have than cats are. Over the years, I have loved my share of dogs, but I always had a special place in my heart for kitty’s. That is still true, I will always love cats…although, I am far more apt to open my heart to dogs, now. This is all due to Whiskey.
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Whiskey is the puppy who lives with me (I hate referring to an animal as a ‘pet’…I believe in equality for every living thing and I don’t think it is “right” to think you OWN some other living being. Although, I do find myself yielding to the common words of saying “my dog…my pet, etc…” only to feel **INSERT WORD HERE** [to say one thing but do the opposite]).

I understand why people love dogs so much now that I have Whiskey and Coco living with me. It is as if they sense when a person (me) is not feeling good…especially emotionally. I was feeling very down the other night; Whiskey and Coco saw the sadness in my eyes and the tears running down my cheeks when I bent down to be close to them to say ‘good night.’ They both semi-awoke and then really woke up when they realized how sad I was. The both of them started licking my face (something that they don’t do often–at least not as much as they did at this time), I picked them up and they both went crazy just licking me…
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I have always tried to prepare myself for the worst BEFORE it happens, so I’ve already prepared myself for their deaths and how I am going to cope. Sounds wicked, but I have always done this. Mom tells me that I must get that from her because she does the same thing. I find it easier to have prepared myself for something bad than to have it take me by surprise. Artie always scolded me for such a thing. The silly thing is, that I prepared myself for the ending of our relationship so I could handle it better if, in fact, it were to happen. He was angry at me when I was calmly accepting his breaking off the engagement…I had been preparing myself for just that thing for months prior. I tried to hold on to “us,” but I was refusing to continue fighting for us.

Anyway, back to my love for Whiskey…and Coco. I understand now why people are so crazy about dogs. I have NEVER been a morning person, but I wake up every morning…excited to walk into the room they sleep, because I know that they are going to be so happy to see me. The two of them wag their little tails and look up at me with a plea in their eyes that says: “Pick me up! I’m so happy to see you!” I still LOVE cats…but these puppies (yes, Coco is Mom’s puppy…and Coco knows that but I still love her the same way I love Whiskey) have special places in my heart.
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