SNIFF NOTES: Loyal Companion: A Four-Legged Friend’s Unwavering Love


I am your four-legged friend and I am here for you.

I’m the head you pat when you get home from work.

I’m the one who takes you through the neighborhood on walks every day.

I’m the fur that dries your tears when something bad happens.

I’m the wet nose against your cheek to make sure you’re awake in the morning.

I’m the eyes to help you navigate when you get me from the Seeing Eye Club and I open up the whole world for you and I’m so happy to give that to you.

I’m the one who senses when a seizure is coming and makes sure you sit down so you don’t get hurt.

I’m the emotional support you need when the anxiety gets too strong.

I’m the one who listens while your little ones read out loud for the first time.

I’m the one who teaches your children about empathy and care for another being.

I go into the nursing home with you to spend time with the residents and I can see how much we make a difference.

I go to yoga with you and everyone loves when I’m there.

I’m the friend you talk to about the new person in your life and I listen to all your hopes and I pray right along with you that it all works out.

I’m the one who walks down the aisle with you when you exchange rings.

I’m the one who makes you laugh when I act goofy or do something funny.

I am the kisses that remind you there is good in the world.

I’m the purring in your ear that helps lower your blood pressure after a rough day.

I’m the one who celebrates the milestones with you. I’m the one who wants to follow behind the school bus with you on the first day of school.

I’m the one who sits with you during that tear-jerker of a movie.

I only have three legs, but you adopted me anyway and you’re still proud and show me off to your friends.

I am all this for you every minute of every day of every year because you are my person. My reason for everything and I’m so honored that you chose me.

I’m the one who’s love for you will never die, no matter what may happen to me.

I am your four legged friend and no matter what life hands you or what other humans may tell you or make you feel, you are my world and always will be.

I am yours in every way it’s possible to belong to someone.

I am your four legged friend and our relationship sometimes defies human definitions.

I am yours and I will always love you and be there for you. Unconditionally.


Jennifer Vanderau is the Publications and Promotions Consultant for the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter and can be reached at [email protected]. The shelter accepts both monetary and pet supply donations. For more information, call the shelter at 263-5791 or visit the website CVAS also operates a thrift store in Chambersburg. Help support the animals at the shelter by donating to or shopping at the store.

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