First, for the parents out there, this is not directed towards all of you, only that select few that can't comprehend what I'm about ready to say. With that being the case, why am I even typing this? That's right, it's for you Sahara!
The past couple of weeks have been a complete mess. From a snow storm knocking out the power for a few days, to a monstrous (27,000 gallon) water bill caused by a leaking pipe in the front yard, and finally (and the most crushing) our poor little dog Sahara, passing away Friday morning after complications from surgery. No, I'm not looking for any kind of sympathy. I'm a big boy, I can handle it, even though it totally rocked my world and I'm still recovering. I still cry for her every day, and I don't know when that might start to fade (and I'm not sure if I want it to). I am frustrated though by those that somehow think that their kids are more important than my dog.
My wife and I don't have kids. This was a decision we made long ago. We love animals, and we try to donate as much as we can to shelters and other animal charities - anything that we can do to help. I've joked before, if we get a piece of mail (in the mailbox) that has a picture of a monkey, a dog, or a whale on it, the checking account is about to get a bit smaller.
As for kids, I understand the love that people have for them, and how they'd give up their own life, for the life of their kid. You know what though? I'd do the exact same thing for my dog, or at least I would have, while she was still alive. That's how much she meant to me. She deserved that, and I would have sacrificed my own life for hers. Is it really that difficult for people to understand? Or is there some narcissistic gene that develops in certain individuals (once they have children), that makes it impossible to look down from their ivory tower on us 'pet only' owners?
Let me be clear, there are lots of parents that listened to me describing my pain over the past few days (and it meant a lot to me). At the same time though, those that lacked any sort of empathy, came off with this 'holier than thou' attitude. This, "I have kids and you don't, so I'm more special" type of thing... Get over yourself! If I can understand your love for your children, why can you understand my love for my dog? It really pisses me off.
I guess I shouldn't be too surprised though, now that I sit back and really think about it. Bruce Hornsby said it best, "that's just the way it is, some things will never change..."
RIP Sahara, I miss you more than you'll ever know. I'm just really irritated right now, because the world robbed me of you. I loved you, and you knew that, and in the end that's the only thing that is truly important. Others have a hard time comprehending it, but that's their own problem. If anything, I guess I feel sorry for them for not being able to love more...