If you are reading this then there is a pretty good chance that you like dogs. I bet you love dogs. But have you ever really loved a dog like you haven’t any other?
I have, and I do. It’s known as having a heart dog. Doesn’t that sound great? It just makes me smile typing it out. I actually only recently come across the term. I was scrolling through my Facebook posts and one of my friends had put a post up remembering their dog that had passed a few years previously and described them as their heart dog. I had a nose in the comments (I can’t help it, it grabbed my attention!) and other people had expressed their thoughts on this dog being that person’s heart dog. I loved the term and I was eager to find out more. So of course, I consulted my trusted friend, Google!
This was the first report I read on it and this is how it described a heart dog
“your heart dog is that once in a lifetime – maybe twice if you’re truly blessed – soul mate dog. He or she is the one you click with similarly to, but different from, how people in love click. There’s an understanding, a bond stronger than most, and a special level of communication. Your heart dog “gets” you and you get him or her right back”
As soon as I read it, I related straight away with it. To be honest with you I felt relieved! It described exactly how I feel about my Frank, I always wondered if I was unnaturally obsessed about him.
I know I’ve told most of you before about Frank, but I will just recap. I went to a local shelter looking for a second dog. I went with a view to getting a small dog. The lady showed me the kennels the dogs were in and there was Frank. He was huddled up in the corner of a large kennel. He was sharing it with this huge dog who was jumping up and down and barking quite aggressively. As were all the dogs around me. Frank looked up, and like any true love story our eyes met across a cage and I knew I couldn’t go home without him. Even though he wasn’t that little dog that I was actually looking for.
I actually spend hours of my life just looking at Frank and smiling. I love watching his fur move in the wind. I like stroking the really fine, long hairs on his ears. I just love him near me. And he loves me near him. As much as I watch Frank he does exactly the same thing to me. He will always seek me out first. I know a lot of people don’t get Frank when they first meet him and I’m ok with that because I don’t want to share him!
As I type this I have just turned around and looked at Frank and he has woken up straight away and looked at me. We don’t need words. We just get each other. My ex husband often said to me that if Frank was human I would have married him, and I can’t lie I so would!
I have been blessed to have several dogs in my life and I do love them all. I spend just as much time with them, but our relationship was slightly different but no less loving.
So, do you believe in a heart dog and have you been blessed. Let me know in the comments.
Love, Sally x
Sally Cousins is a self confessed mad dog lady!
After being mum to several rescue dogs she decided to turn her passion in to her career and set up her own dog walking business back in 2015.
Sally not only runs her business, she also writes for her own blog and also does guest blogs for other dog businesses. You can also find Sally chatting as a guest on dog related podcasts.