Six years ago, Melvin got me. He sent his powerful mindwaves across several states and jedi-mind-tricked me into looking at the rescue-site one last time before making my adoption choice. (The rescue group I got Melvin from requires you to meet at least three dogs before you decide. Melvin ended up being #4.) I logged on to the interwebs, I saw him and that was it. HIs rescue of me was official.
He may have been a hot mess but I was no prize. Max was nearing the end, I’d had a year of health challenges. I was desperate to move forward. I think that’s why Melvin picked me. He thought, ‘hey, I have a lot of energy, I can and will pull her kicking and screaming (literally) into the next chapter of life. She’ll be my living rickshaw.”
In six years we have dealt with more health issues than a small village could have. I have laid on the vet’s floor with him more times than I care to count. We have romped, and wagged and cried and one of us lost a tail. We have growled at each other, leaned on each other and glanced at each other 40 billion times. There was a lot of drool. I have watched him transform from spazzy to soulful. From fearful to a love-craving fool. I watched as he searched for Max, long after Max died and I was there as he made room for Jake. My heart has become full from just knowing him.
I will never love another dog the way I love Melvin. That is how it should be. Unique, unconditional love. He is perseverance, he reminds me that happiness is a choice. He is the perfect balance of kind, goofy, love and joy. He is the dog that makes someone be a dog person. I promise him understanding as he continues to age, I know he will give me the same.
If he could write his own post I think he’d sum it up like this… She feeds me and she smells like love. I choose her, forever.
Happy 6th my boy!
This photo is Melvin’s first 5 min in our house. He fooled us into thinking he was low-key!
So many happy tears. Happy day, Melvin and Mama!
Happy adoptaversary! Love all the photos. Sounds like a perfect match 🙂
Perfect match indeed!
This just brings such a heartfelt swelling in my soul and it spills out my eyes. I am madly in love with the love you to have for each other, but you know that.
Feel the same way about you guys!
So sweet. I love you two!
We love you back!
Happy happy Gotcha Day! Woooowoooooooooo!
Tears of happiness reading this! You can feel the love in your writing.
That is such a sweet compliment, thank you!
Happy day sweet boy. How much you love this guy is in everything you write. Melvin and Jake are two lucky boys.
Thank you, so much!!!!
Happy Adoption Day Melvin! You’re such a handsome fella! Sending ear scratches!
I shall deliver this to him!
As usual, wonderfully put! I hope you both have a great day full of (safe) treats and cuddles!
Hahhhaha, safe treats! Yes!!!
What a happy day with great memories and here’s to many more!
Once again – oh my heart! God bless you and your love for each other.
Happy Gotcha Day! Wonderful post!
Wonderful! Happy Gotcha Day to you both!
What an awesome day for you both. So glad you have each other and little Jake, too! You guys bring such joy to all of us I can only imagine the joy and love you bring to each other. Happy Gotcha Day!!!
Love this comment, THANK YOU!!!
I love Melvin.
He loves you!
Happy Gotcha Day, Melvin!
Monty and Harlow
Congratulations on 6 wonderful years together! What a sweet sweet post 🙂 I love this, “I will never love another dog the way I love Melvin. That is how it should be. Unique, unconditional love. He is perseverance, he reminds me that happiness is a choice.”
We can all learn a lot from our 4-legged (best) friends 🙂
what memories, many tears, but oh the love that reached back and forth between the two of you.