They are our first friends, the keepers of our childhood hopes, secrets and dreams. Often these early dogs and cats don't see us through to adulthood. But they live on in our hearts and we see the world differently, more vividly and clearly because of the bond we shared.
|Evan and Brutus. Photo used with permission.|
Brutus, a six-year old pit mix, and Evan are best friends and constant companions. When Evan watches TV, Brutus is beside her with his head in her lap. And when she wakes in the morning, he greets her with light kisses. Jan, who is raising her granddaughter on her own (with Brutus's help) says, where there is one, there is always the other.
In addition to Brutus, Jan and Evan have a special needs dog named Timmy. Abandoned as a tiny puppy (most likely by his breeder), Timmy is deaf, mostly blind, and has some other birth defects including issues with his jaw and joints. He has trouble running, moving quickly, and bending over, but that doesn't stop him from playing with Evan on her tumbling mat. Jan says that neither Timmy nor Evan seem to notice his issues. He is just a happy-go-lucky boy who loves to give his human sister kisses. Evan considers Brutus and Timmy to be her brothers and gives each a hug before she goes to bed each night.
|Timmy, Evan and Brutus. Photo used with permission.|
Jan worries about how Evan will manage after Brutus is gone. She hopes Timmy's unconditional love and enthusiasm for life will provide some comfort. For now, they are appreciating and celebrating every moment. Brutus may not have much time left and probably won't see Evan through until adulthood, but his love and friendship with surely live on in her heart.
Thanks to Jan and Evan for sharing their inspirational story. Please join me in wishing Brutus much love, light and healing in the days to come. Feel free to share memories of your first furry love in the comments below.
This story represents a transition from my 2016 series on special needs adoption to my new 2017 series on the human animal bond. I'm currently looking for amazing stories about dogs, cats, and other animals who comfort and heal the humans in their lives. If you have a story to share, please email me at thedailypip(at)gmail(dot)com.
If you enjoyed this post, please check out my post on rescuing dogs who are both deaf and blind.