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We have two letters. Mom wrote a letter to me and Dad wrote a letter to Stanley.
I have written this letter to you many times in the (almost) 3 years that we have been together. I have written it with my voice, my touch, and my eyes. You already know what is in my heart but today I share it with everyone else.
The day we met, when you were only 2 weeks old, I knew that you would have a special place in my heart. Although I've had other dogs, none of them have so wholly taken up my heart like you.
My sweet boy, you have the kindest, most gentle heart I have ever met. You have such a sweet spirit and cuddly nature. When I've worked too long at the computer and you put your paws on my chair to look into my eyes, I sense that you are telling me, "Mom, I'm missing you." I can't help but stop what I'm doing to let you know that I miss you too.
At night when I can feel you lying beside me, I wonder what it is that makes you have the need for such closeness. And then I wonder the same thing about myself. So many times I have just watched you sleeping and been in awe of the changes I've seen in myself that are a direct result of our relationship. You make me a better person. You never have been, nor could you ever be "just a dog".
My sweet Murphy, you are a gift to me and I thank God for you.
In less than 3 weeks you will be 3 years old. We first met when you were only 2 weeks old. Time has passed quickly.
You have been a comfort to me since coming into my life. You are the smartest dog I've ever had. Your constant "Elvis smile" always makes me chuckle. Sometimes I think you can read minds, because I think something and you start doing it.
It’s a comfort to just have you sit in my lap and let me talk to you. I like to watch you interact with new people. You don’t know what a stranger is, everyone is just a friend waiting to be met.
I like it when we go to church together and we sit side by side with my arm around you, like the best buds that we are. Sometimes you just lay with your head in my lap and I feel that you realize I would never let anything harm you.
Thank you for loving me and allowing me to love you.