A DAY IN MY LIFE – DAY ONE
When I think of the days in my life, my first thought goes to my best friend, Nounous. He’s been with me for 14 years, the most loyal friend who sits with me while I write and edit my books. He never complains but waits patiently to be fed or walked. He sleeps when I sleep. He can’t eat when I eat anymore since this year he developed diabetes and Cushing’s Disease. Since the vet had difficulty normalizing his numbers, he lost his vision due to cataracts. But through it all, he has kept his cheerful demeanor and allows me to give him shots and shove medicine down his throat.
The last picture shows my oldest daughter, Stephanie, holding Nounous in the pet shop on the day we purchased him. Yes, a pet shop. We didn’t know about breeders, but we fell in love with him on sight. The fourth picture shows my second daughter, Ashley, hugging Nounous since he was her Sweet Sixteen present. She might think he’s her present, but I’ve always wanted a small, white dog. And when I found Nounous, it was love at first sight.
I’ve always wondered why I yearned for a fluffy white dog. Then one day, a friend of my brother’s found my website and contacted me. My brother passed away 39 years ago. He said my brother had a small, white dog years ago, and it was a Maltese. In the back of my memory, I recall my brother holding a white puppy in our foyer. So, I’ve come full circle; I have a Maltese, just like my brother had.
I’m not ready to say goodbye to my best friend, and I hope to have more years to share with him. He’s a force of nature, just like my brother was. I love you, Neil. And I love you, Nounous.
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