Do you miss someone right now? Why?
It is currently 1:11 AM. I am sitting on my bed, thinking about who I miss and why I miss him or her. There are, of course, the typical answers: my mom, because she cooks food for me; my dad, because he also cooks food for me; my boyfriend, because he pays other people to cook food for me. But who do I really miss right now? Who do I want to be with more than anyone else in the world right now? My dog. I adore my dog. In fact, I love her so much that I might just be inching my way towards being the crazy dog lady of A-Phi-O, but that’s okay. Know why? Because my dog is awesome, and she’s worth every bit of craziness. She is the sprinkles to my cupcake, the straw to my fountain drink, and the ketchup to my chicken nugget; she’s not necessary, but she just makes everything in my life that much better.
I remember when my boyfriend adopted her in the fall. I was there when he took her home for the first time, and I laid down on the floor with her and hugged her and pet her all night. At first, she was just my boyfriend’s dog, and I was just the girlfriend who was helping the old Husky adjust to apartment life. But then I kept talking to her in a baby voice (the way most weird dog owners do) and spoiling her with Milkbones and French fries when my boyfriend wasn’t looking, and she eventually became our dog. She became the old, fat, fluffy bundle of joy in our lives that demands our undivided attention, and she always gets it.
So why exactly do I miss her? I miss her for the fluffiness of her fur and for the way her fat jiggles when I scratch her back. I miss the way her tail wags and the way she howls and whines when she sees me for the first time in a long time (which, in reality, can be from just a few hours to weeks at a time). I miss the way she whines and scoots closer to me when I stop petting her. I miss the way she dreams in her sleep, barking at all those dream squirrels and eating all that dream bacon. It seems silly, but I really do miss my dog when I’m not with her. She is always able to brighten my day, no matter how gloomy or stressful it is. A day with her is always a day well-spent, even if all we ever do is sleep and eat. Going over to my boyfriend’s apartment and seeing how excited she gets when she sees me – knowing that she’s that happy and excited just to see me, even when I just saw her the day before – that’s why I adore my dog. That’s why I will always love and miss her, because I know without a doubt that she will always love and miss me, too.