True Tales: Lessons Learned From My Dog Anya
By Rachele Baker, DVM – I am pleased to introduce Jennifer Moyer as the author of this True Tale. Jennifer is a writer and blogger who shared her heart with a dog named Anya. Here is Jennifer’s story:
Lessons Learned From My Dog Anya
In February 2014, our sweet dog of nearly thirteen years, Anya, experienced kidney failure, and her time with us came to an end. Through the tears and realization of how much she would be missed, I began to think of how important she was to our family. Having her in our lives taught us many things but there are three things that stand out the most to me: her unconditional love, her eager companionship, and her capacity for joy.
One thing Anya always showed us was unconditional love. She did not get mad at us or hold a grudge. No matter what kind of day she had, she was always happy to see us. We did not have to do anything to win her approval or receive her love. Her love for us was genuine. She accepted us for who we were in spite of our faults.
Anya loved being with us. She gave freely of her time. She enjoyed spending time just being near us regardless of how much attention we were giving her. When our lives were busy and our time with her was limited, she seemed at peace with being alone. Yet at the same time she knew we were reliable and that she could expect us to be there for her whenever she needed us.
Anya’s joy and happiness were evident when she greeted us and excitedly wagged her tail. No matter what her day was like, she did not complain. Despite her inability to talk, her happiness with us was always evident.
Having a dog in our lives was a privilege. Anya was a peaceful, compliant, and sweet dog. She was elegant, majestic, and fitting of her whippet registration name of Princess Anastasia. It is sad that there will always be a void now that she is gone. The lessons I have learned as a pet owner are lasting. The experience has helped me grow as an individual as well as help strengthen all of my relationships.
My hope in sharing what I have learned is that all who read this will be reminded of how important our perspective is in all of our relationships. In my opinion, a dog’s perspective can be a role model for us all.
About the Author: Jennifer Moyer is the author of A Mother’s Climb Out Of Darkness: A Story About Overcoming Postpartum Psychosis. You can read more about Jennifer and her book on her website.
PLEASE SHARE: If you enjoyed this story, please SHARE it on social media. Thank you!