He has told me more than a thousand times that I am his reason for being
by the way he rests against my leg, by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile,
by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him.

When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive.
When I am angry he clowns to make me smile.
When I am happy, he is joy unbounded.

When I am a fool, he ignores it. When I succeed, he brags.
Without him, I am only another person.
With him, I am all powerful.

He has taught me the meaning of devotion is loyalty itself.
With him, I know the secret comfort and a private peace.
He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant.
His head on my knee can heal my human hurts.
His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown things.

He has promised to wait for me ... whenever ... wherever ...
in case I need him, and I expect I will, as I always have.