MY Name Is Max

My name is Max and I have a little something I'd like to whisper
in your ear. I know that you humans lead busy lives.
Some have to work, some have ! children to raise.
It always seems like you are running here and there, often much
too fast, often never noticing the truly grand things in life.

Look down at me now, while you sit there at your computer.
See the way my dark brown eyes look at yours? They are slightly
cloudy now, that comes with age. The grey hairs are beginning to
ring my soft muzzle. You smile at me; I see love in your eyes.
What do you see in mine?

Do you see a spirit, a soul inside who loves you as no other could
in the world? A spirit that would forgive all trespasses of prior
wrong doing for just a simple moment of your time?

That is all I ask. To slow down if even for a few minutes to be with me.

So many times you have been saddened by the words you read on
that screen, of others of my kind, passing. Sometimes we die
young and oh so quickly, sometimes so suddenly it
wrenches your heart out of your throat.

Sometimes we age so slowly! before your eyes that you do not even
seem to know, until the very end, when we look at you with grizzled
muzzles and cataract clouded eyes. Still the love is always there,
even when we take that long sleep, to run free in distant lands.

I may not be here tomorrow; I may not be here next week.
Someday you will shed the waters from your eyes, that humans
have when deep grief fills their souls, and you will be angry at
yourself that you did not have just One more day with me.

Because I love you so, your sorrow touches my spirit and grieves me.
We have now, together. So come, sit down here next to me on the
floor. And look deep into my eyes. What do you see? If you look
hard and deep enough we will talk, you and I, heart to heart. Come
to me not as alpha or as a trainer or even a Mom or Dad,
come to me as a living soul and stroke my fur and let us look deep
into one another's eyes, and talk. I may tell you something about
the fun of chasing a tennis ball, or I may tell you something
! profound about myself, or even life in general. You decided to
have me in your life (I hope) because you wanted a soul
to share just such things with.

Someone very different from you, and here I am. I am a dog, but
I am alive. I feel emotion, I feel physical senses, and I can revel in
the differences of our spirits and souls. I do not think of you as
a Dog on two feet ---I know what you are. You are human,
in all your quirkiness, and I love you still.

Now, come sit with me, on the floor. Enter my world, and let
time slow down if even for only 15 minutes. Look deep in my
eyes, and whisper to my ears.

Speak with your heart, with your joy and I will know your true self.

We may not have tomorrow, and life is oh so very short.

Love, Max (on behalf of all canines everywhere)
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J.D.Ellis 2001