Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My Kids Have Four Legs

Love is indescribable. Plain and simple, there are no words to describe the emotion, and it feels different for everyone who experiences it; but one thing is for sure, there is no denying it when you feel it no matter how your definition differs from another.

Some in this world know exactly how to express their affection for another and others can’t even begin to comprehend the impact their love may have on a person in their life. These are the ones I am talking about today, the ones who can’t comprehend the value of their affection. They are the ones who make life grand. My kids fall into this category.

When I think of my babies, my chest can barely contain my expanding heart, it swells at the thought. The corners of my mouth curl up and before I know it I’m grinning from ear to ear in the middle of Wal-Mart or where ever it is my feet have taken me. I get butterflies in my stomach at the thought of getting to see them again. And I dream of going home and hugging each and every one of them until their heads pop off, not because I want to hurt them, just because the squeeze signifies how much I have missed them. I sometimes stare at them while they are sleeping or just touch their bodies so I know they are there. I dread their birthdays as I know it is one day closer to them leaving. I pray for their health and drop everything if one of them doesn’t feel well. I would quit my job for them, kill if someone hurt them, and steal to keep them safe. I cherish every moment with them even the ones when I’m asleep. They make my life whole, they give me purpose, but most of all, they return my love. My life would be incomplete without a single one of them, but here’s the kicker….they are dogs.

Brett and I sometimes get looks from people for having 6 dachshunds, looks like we are pathetic or crazy for opening our home to them. I hear people refer to them as “just dogs”. I guess to some since they aren’t human their value is less, a belief I DO NOT share! We are asked about future children, like having a kid in a home with 6 dogs is somehow unsafe, unhealthy, or abusive. These people anger me. They devalue my love. They judge me based on my cover, not knowing that inside I am broken. So far my body has decided not to create children, a decision I have been appealing with no success, so we have created our own version of family, and MY kids have four legs!

30 comments:

  1. You took the words out of my heart and poured them on this blog. Love this. ♥

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  2. agreed, dogs are pure love. Our two fill our lives with nothing but joy and love. losing my heartdog was (and i know this sounds awful) worse than losing my grandfather.

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  3. "They're family"! Recently, this month (our pet turned 1). I threw him a birthday party with 2 other dogs invited. Other people thought I was crazy! :D

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  4. MY dog Maggie(blonde wirehaired dachshunds ) just died in july after giving me 14 yrs of love and devotion.I cried so deep into my soul from grief its hard to explain .They love you for you .not your bank account ,looks size color .. none of those mean anything to them .They just love YOU.Maybe God gave them to us to show us how to love our own kind instead of finding all their faults.

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  5. I admire you. Don't let anyone tell you, hubby and the Doxies are any lesser just because "you're not the ideal "..."The Brady Bunch" (but aren't they a "blended family"?) :)

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  6. AGREED!!!!AGREED!!!!AGREED!!!!AGREED!!!!AGREED!!!!

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  7. my thoughts and sentiments exactly - I dont care what other people think!!

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  8. My two human boys have grown up and left home. The youngest one gifted me with my newest son, a doxie. I love him just as much. Other people don't understand but that's ok. Maybe someday they will be as lucky as me and find out how it feels to be loved with no conditions.

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  9. My husband Warren and I have 2 dachshunds, Maggie and Chloe. We just adopted Chloe 2 weeks ago and found out she has heartworms. She just started treatment and fortunately has a good prognosis.We also were unable to conceive and our dogs fill that void. We love them and will do whatever to give them a life they deserve.

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  10. My Doxie Skippy is also my child...I can't have human children either... and I love my boy and care for my boy better than I have seen some others care for their human children. He goes to work with me (he has his own office chair beside mine) and is with me 24/7....and I would not trade him for anything on this earth...He has given me what I thought I could never have...the unconditional love for... and the unconditional love from a child.

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  11. Beautiful! Exactly how I feel about my one and only child... my tweenie red smooth Doxie boy! They are the best! Anyone who doesnt understand does not share their life with Dachshunds! Their love is pure and special they are precious little souls!!!

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  12. I feel and agree with all above. They are family. I value their life as much as mine. They are the first to greet you at the door, people say "It's because they want to go out". That's not so, all my doxies wants me to pick her/him up to give me hugs and kisses first. All my doxies with their personalalit is LOVE.

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  13. PS your 6 kids are so beautiful and precious!!!

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  14. I am sitting here sobbing like a baby after reading your beautiful words. I have three human kids, but I also have my two mini doxie boys, Louie & Oddball, who I consider just like my children. They bring me so much joy and comforted me during my recent bout with breast cancer. I love looking into their eyes and seeing their love for me reflected back at me. Thanks for sharing your beautiful words, and God Bless You!

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  15. Beautiful! I have one doxie, Oscar. He is my second child.. It took me 4 years to conceive my son and 1 day to adopt my baby dog.. Whatever way they come into our lives they are a blessing.. My son gives my life purpose and my four legged baby adds to my role.. As different as any two children are, so are my babies but my love for them runs deeply the same. Unconditional.

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  16. My wife, 8.5 year old son and I have two wonderful four legged babies, JR our 13 year old Jack Russell and Bayleigh Grace our 11 year old wire haired doxie. Yes, our son has grown up with both and Bayleigh has been his second mommie from day 1. We would be lost without our "other" children. Bayleigh and JR are just like brother and sister, fighting all the time but will fall asleep with each other (pure love). Many people may never understand the love of our four legged children (us to them and them to us) and I am sorry for this. I especially love when our Bayleigh lies on her back and just wriggles back and forth with that "What?" look in her eyes. You enjoy your 6 kids as they will always be a spark in your life.

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  17. I feel like you are talking about our little family! We have 4 Doxies; Rudy, Rommie, Thelma & Louise. All from rescues in Missouri, Iowa and Wisconsin. They are the love and light of my life! Thank you so much for sharing this; I was not able to have human children but I believe with all my heart that dogs are replacing children more everyday because of their unconditional love and devotion. That can't always be said about human children! Thank you! My love and prayers to you! Love, Candy

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  18. I love your post. I have two doxies and I love them so very much too. I have had four over the years...they are the greatest companions, friends, my family. I love them dearly. They are very special little beings and I so glad they are in my life!! They are the light of my life. You described that love just perfectly!

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  19. Your furbabies are all beautiful! I couldn't possibly agree with you more about the love and companionship of a dachshund. Once one has had the pleasure of owning one, you're hooked on the breed! They are joy! and truly gifts from above. God bless you and your family!

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  20. Love your heart-felt explanation of how very much we love our furry angels. We also have six rescued/adopted dachshunds and people who have not allowed themselves the joy of unconditional love just do not get it. Furr kidds have pack mentality and it's the more the merrier - they are not loners and adore their humans. I pray to win a lottery so I can adopt more doxies and donate more to the blessed rescues that save all they can. Your furry angels and their unconditional love are obviously great comfort - never a "replacement" for anything, just bundles of love! Thanks for your perspective... Totally agree! WOOFERS!!!

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  21. When I was a child, my Daxi was my brother and best friend. When I was a teenager and young adult our 2 daxies were my sisters and my shoulders to cry on. The two I have now are my sons. I have spent all my life loving daxies like they are humans. But actually they're better than humans for they are 'love incarnate'. They are beings of unconditional love. Yet there is nothing wimpy about them. Each has their own unique and amazing personality and quirks. I believe all dogs are amazing but daxies seem to have another level to them - an ability to bond and have a relationship that is so intense that it is hard to explain to others who see their dogs as 'lesser'. I believe they are sacred. They also have a sense of humour!

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  22. You've said what I feel SO well. What beautiful babies you have! I have 3 miniature doxie's and 1 miniature Schnauzer. Each of them makes me smile by being their unique little selves. I'm single and they are my kids and would do anything for them! I'm thankful that your kids have you and your husband. You can tell that they are loved much!

    Lynne Wells

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  23. That was beautiful and made me cry, you have a beautiful family. I also went and go thru all that you do. And I mazel you for being able to have six. They are not "dogs" they are our furry or unshaved kids. I also am unable to have the unfurry child as yet, naturally. And trying to adopt. And I thank god every moment of every day for the furry kids in my life.my daughter Addison a mini doxie and a Hemmi my feline son. We recently lost our 17 year old Cleobelle (mini doxie) to tumors in the liver. And it destroyed me.

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  24. WOW....Thank you everybody! I enjoyed reading your comments, your words are too kind. I had no idea this would reach so many let alone touch them like it clearly did. I am truly blessed. Thank you again for all your thoughts and prayers!

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  25. My husband and I also have 6 of these little babies, all doxies also....they are our family. I have such a love of animals and I can't believe how perfectly you put into words how they make you feel! Thank you for this beautiful post!!

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  26. We're in the UK and have 6 mini-daxies as well (our six-pack). I'm always saying to them that I want to squeeze them 'til they pop!!! They really are remarkable little critters - love and cherish every moment with them. Enjoy mine at http://www.mutleycrue.co.uk.

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  27. I too never could have children but I always have my 4 legged babies. I'm much older now & see people trying to deal with their kids doing drugs, getting pregnant in their teens & I think maybe I am better off. I have wonderful stepchildren, grandchildren & great grandchild that I wouldn't trade for anything. God decided that I couldn't have children but he let me know true love & devotion from my doxies. They are great teachers.

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  28. Thanks for sharing your story and pictures of your children. I lost my Doxie, Jazzy, of 16 yrs in July. I never dreamed that the hurt would be so deep , even though as her time was drawing near I tried preparing myself but it was more devasting than I could ever have imagined. Until someone has loved so deeply they will never be able to comprehend that feeling between 4 legged children and their parents. I don't even attempt to tell people of my loss unless I know they have 4 legged children themselves because they just don't get it .

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  29. It's always hard to understand when people don't understand the love we have for our doxie's. My 15 year old, Jack, was born blind and is the love of my life. He has "been there" for me when others have not and is always a source of pure love and joy! The human/animal bond is truly an amazing connection, that's for sure! It's great to see this put into words, thank you!

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  30. We lost our 4 year old doxie Coco on 9-15-11! Fred - her brother, Fred age 2 from the next litter - is left mourning her! We miss her so. She was diagnosed with encephalitis after extensive testing by a wonderful neurologist in Ann Arbor MI. The decission was made to end her suffering and confussion. Fred, after one week is so sad as we both are - Bob and Linda

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