5 Things I Love About My Dog

You may have noticed my significant absence lately. I needed time to be with our dog. He left us peacefully early one recent Friday morning. It’s been two weeks actually, and, well, today, I’ve been missing him.

It used to be that being alone in the house wasn’t really being alone. Tex was always here to keep me company. Now, every time I walk through the door, I think about greeting him.

And then I couldn’t find any words to write about him. I think it was just too soon. I don’t want to remember how hard the last few months have been. Even though my most recent memories are the most difficult, Tex was the most amazing, loving, and intelligent dog. He taught me so much about love, persistence, and peace. Here are a few of the things that I love about Tex. (There are a million more, but this post would be too long.)

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasy1. When we brought this little Portuguese Water Dog home, he got the nickname “Little Brother” (a la Mulan). He was Mockingbird’s little brother years before Armadillo the little sister came along.

Mockingbird, a precocious toddler, loved to tell people that she had a little brother.

At home.

In a crate.

*dramatic pause*

He’s a dog.

Yeah. We warned a couple of preschool teachers so we didn’t get any visits from CPS.

2. Tex loved water. It seems quite natural since Portuguese Water Dogs were bred to be all about the water. As a puppy, he played in his water bowl. On walks, especially in the hot Texas summers, he would pull the leash so he could run through people’s sprinklers. He loved to put his mouth on the water spray. I usually brought a wet dog home.

If we took a ride to my parents-in-law’s house, he’d go straight to the back yard to jump in the pool. Swimming, swimming, swimming. He would do it until he wore himself out. He thought it was his job to rescue anyone who was in the pool. We kept at least three dog water toys within reach.

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He LOVES snow and catching snowballs.

When he’d start to “rescue” one of us, we throw a toy. He would retrieve pool toys all day. On land, his game of fetch lasted for about five throws.

He loved snow, too. We don’t get the white stuff that often around here, but he would zoom through it and get little icy mats all over his fur.

Why is it he didn’t like baths so much? LOL. He knew if he came in from outside muddy that it was bath time. All I had to do was tell him, and he’d hop into the tub.

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasy3. He loved to get presents. He had his own stocking at Christmas. My sister-in-law got him one shaped like a dog bone with a bell. He knew it was his.

Every holiday, he looked forward to putting his head in a bag for a new toy or special biscuits.

If the girls got presents, he expected one, too.

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasy4. Tex was a lover. He wanted everyone (people and dogs alike) to like him. When we came home, he’d greet us at the door with a toy in his mouth. Then he’d lean into a leg for a hug.

He hugged visitors, too. He never played dominance games, except when we brought Demon Dog home. Then he turned her into his minion who did his bidding—like letting us know when it was dinner time.

5. I loved the way he learned new tricks quickly and permanently. Except for “Come.” He never listened to me when I called him. My husband, on the other hand, who never took a single training class with Tex, could get him to come when called every time. Grrr. I have so many training memories that they deserve a separate post.

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Even though I miss talking to him and rubbing his ear and just knowing that he was here, I know his memories live with us. Those happy and wonderful memories are what I’m holding onto now.

What favorite pet memories do you have?

21 comments on… “5 Things I Love About My Dog”

  1. Aw, so sweet. Tex was obviously well loved. I love my pups and it will be a sad day when they leave us. We’ve had many cats and dogs over the years and they have all held a special place in our hearts.

    • Diana Beebe

      So true, Joy! Tex was very special. Each pet gives us so much, don’t they? It’s not easy saying goodbye to them.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss, Diana. We lost our miniature schnauzer, Nemo, almost two years ago. I, too, wrote a post http://lynettemburrows.com/a-void-in-my-heart/ Dogs are the most wonderful companions and friends. My husband and I both speak of Nemo fondly. We miss his way of talking to us, his nudging of our hands to get his head patted, and his vigilant stance in the back yard, guarding us from those nasty squirrels. LOL. From the way you write of him, Tex got a lot of good loving from you and your whole family. May his memory comfort you. *Hugs*

    • Diana Beebe

      Thank you, Lynette. Nemo sounds like he was quite the character. 😀 We have many wonderful memories. For that, I’m grateful. Hugs to you, too!

  3. Thanks for sharing your stories about Tex. I reckon the ‘come’ thing is just their way of laughing at us.

    Widdercat can’t make up her mind about this dying thing. One minute she’s carvorting round like a kitten (at least for a couple of minutes) and next she’s off her food, sleeping so deeply we have to feel for a heartbeat to reassure ourselves she’s still with us. We treasure every extra moment she chooses to stay on this mortal coil with us. She’s 20 years old, which makes her well over the ton in cat years!

    • Diana Beebe

      Tex laughed with and at me a lot! Widdercat is 20! Wow. I know she feels the love you two give to her. Give her a hug for me.

  4. Andrea Warkentin

    So beautiful, Diana. We–including our Jasmine–met Tex in Oklahoma, and he was in a training class then. Agility, maybe? We had lots of great memories and dog stories, and one of my all-time favorite photos of Jasmo–thanks to that weekend, so glad we shared it. We’re having to adapt our lives to our sweet ol’ girl’s limitations now and it is heartbreaking. I’m tearing up writing this and understanding in some tiny way where you are now. Peace, dear.

    • Diana Beebe

      Andrea, that was a wonderful trip. Our dogs had a great time! I know what Jasmine means to you all. She knows it, too. Give her a big squishy, loving hug from me.

  5. Sounds like Tex was one cool character. I’m sorry for your loss. The funniest pet memory I have is about my old dog Nicky. He used to swallow his food without tasting it. Clearly, he wasn’t a picky eater. My uncle came over one day and began to feed him hotdogs and he’d litterally swallow them whole. We find of laughed about it but then my uncle tossed him a hot chili and like the hot dog he swallowed it. In less than a few seconds, as if it shot right from the tip of the tail, it shot back out of his mouth toward my uncle like a projectile. LOL. To this day we still laugh about it.

    • Diana Beebe

      Thanks, Ryan. Tex was a character. 😀 I’m laughing out loud at the story about Nicky and the chili. Omigosh, I can just imagine that chili boomerang out of the dog’s mouth! Thanks for sharing that.

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  7. Lovely post, Diana, and loving tribute. I’ve long thought we don’t pay enough attention to the grief of losing pets. No one brings us a casserole, for example. Now, perhaps that’s changing. More seem to share the heartbreak we feel. These are members of our family, after all. I’ve lost six now; it doesn’t get easier.

    • Diana Beebe

      Thanks, Janet. Everything you said is so true. I smiled at the casserole comment—I don’t think that even crossed my mind before. I’m sending you lots of hugs!

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