On Daughters, Dads and Dogs

Ashley and Buster

While she likely will never admit it for fear of hurting my feelings (it’s who she is), in my heart I know that this little girl will never fully forgive her dad for “insisting” that this BIG boy relinquish his dual role as four-legged childhood best friend and family pet in favor of an equally laudable one: as Service Dog to someone in need of a companion.

In my defense (I’m a lawyer for God sake!), it seemed like the right decision at the time, especially coming, as it did, on the heels of Buster a/k/a “The Yellow Clifford” devouring the wooden backyard swing set (where did all of that wood go?!?) and setting his sights (and teeth) on the Mexican tile in the family room (I wish I was making this up!!!).

Still, if I had the decision to “do over” knowing what I know now, I’m certain I would have made a different one. You see, I believe little girls deserve two men in their early childhood life – a dad and a dog – both committed to the same singular goal: showing her what unconditional love really looks and feels like.

Why two? Because one is certain to get it right 100% of the time! Now that you’ve read this brief note, I’ll let you guess which one.


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