Passing the guest room on the way into my office one day recently, I glanced in and saw Dudley lying on the bed. He looked at me and wagged the tip of his long tail in a friendly hi. I went in to lay down next to him for just a moment, and I was suddenly overcome with appreciation for him. I stroked his ear in the way he loves, and I said to him, "I'm so grateful I know you. Thank you for being such an important part of my life." I told him why he has meant so much to me and that I love him. He looked back at me with his big brown eyes. I chuckled to myself, at my silliness. "I know you don't understand what I'm saying," I said, "but I hope you feel the sentiment, at least; I hope you know you have opened my heart." He reached out his paw and laid it on my chest, right over my heart.
I know it was just a coincidence. But it sure was a good one.