Gratitude for unconditional love

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My whole life has been one of conditional love. Now I am not some bitter old man complaining about his lot in life because conditions sometimes are OK like when you promise to be faithful in marriage, that condition is OK. The unconditional love which is rare indeed has come from animals, and for me that is exemplified with two poodles. My dearly departed standard poodle, Hope Elizabeth, and the current love of our lives, the toy poodle extraordinaire, Henri. They have both played big parts in my joy on a daily basis.

When I met Hope she was already Charlene's poodle and she was a bit standoffish and shy when we first met. I know that the way to this women's heart had to go through Hope so I decided to woo her first, so I became the world's greatest petting machine. I am a samrt guy because it worked! Hope did something way beyond allowing me into Charlene's life that I posted about before. In 2007 and 2008 I was getting sick often and it would last for weeks. I also had something sticking out of my neck but I just thought I was working too hard and not taking care of myself. Strangely Hope quit eating and wouldn't leave my side at all. The vet did testing but nothing was wrong so we were confused. The answer came soon after, I was diagnosed with cancer and two weeks later we were in Houston for treatment. Guess what, Hope's appetite returned and she was fine. She played a big part in my being alive. Does unconditional love get better than that? I miss you Hopey Bear.

Henri was the son of the number two poodle one year at Westminster but his legs grew too long for show or stud. We had lost an older dog that was Hope's companion and our groomer knew that Hope was sad and needed someone, so Henri was given to us and that may be the greatest gift ever. Henri is now approaching 12 but toy poodles live long and believe me he gets the best care. As you might have seen from previous pictures I have used here, Henri is totally Zen. When we go through the Atlanta airport kids go crazy and want to pet and hold him. What I love about Henri is not just what he gives us which is amazing, but what he shares with others. So many humans have bad days and don't project any kind of happiness but our dogs and cats don't do that is they give us that love, it travels. Henri missed Hope but what we found out is that he either feels like he is human, or he thingks that we are just big dogs and a part of his pack. These kiddos make us better people and they teach us the way life should be lead. 


Comments (10)

Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I had to smile while reading this, Joe.  Several years ago, I had a very wise black cat.  Sabu owned me, and he knew it!  Then a guy entered our lives for awhile!  He did everything he could to get on Sabu's good side.  Alas, it wasn't to be!  In the end, Sabu knew best!   But, at least Sabu and I shared unconditional love!

Nov 19, 2018 04:46 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I am smiling after reading your post, too, Joe, but for a different reason than Myrl. I'm smiling because when my husband met me, I had Brandon, a cat who lived to be 19 1/2. Brandon did not like anybody but me. Within weeks, Brandon was climbing on Adam's shoulders and doing feelies on him, purring. I couldn't figure it out. Turns out he slipped a packet of catnip in his pocket and forgot it was there. Or that's his story and he's sticking to it!

Nov 19, 2018 04:50 PM
Barbara Le Pine
Advantage Real Estate, serving Lincoln County - Newport, OR
Your agent for the Central Oregon Coast!

Joe, I very much enjoyed reading this post, we have a rescue cat that has been the best little critter imaginable. Reminds me to purr more often!

Nov 19, 2018 05:17 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Joe.

There is no better thing in life like the unconditional love given to us by our fur babies.  

Nov 20, 2018 02:25 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

They are definitely great looking dogs and I am glad that they provide you with the unconditional love that makes you smile on a daily basis!

Nov 20, 2018 06:16 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, such a joyful post, Joe! And, I think it's the latter - you're just part of Henri's pack! 

I do love how our furry family are always able to put smiles on our faces - definitely unconditional love!

I also love that you call Henri, your 'toy poodle extraordinaire!' So cute!

Nov 21, 2018 07:33 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

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Nov 21, 2018 02:35 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I knew your unconditionional love post had to be about furry family members. They do love no matter what. So wonderful!

Nov 24, 2018 03:10 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Pets sense when something isnt right. Dogs really are man's best friends.Yours have proved it.

Nov 24, 2018 06:05 PM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Never had a dog, but had cats quite a few times. Our last cat died of cancer a year ago, and I am still not in peace with myself

Nov 28, 2018 08:32 AM

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