My Hero



A friend recently sent me a tribute written by a friends granddaughter. It put a lump in my throat and I just had to share it with the world. I've changed the names to preserve their privacy. My friend said: "Please find a moment to read this beautiful tribute about her hero, Fred, written by my good friend’s grand-daughter. She is 11 years old, ….and what she fails to note in her tribute is that Fred passed away Saturday. May God Bless you Fred and Jane…. Both of you are better beings for having had each other, and make us proud and grateful for dogs AND the children who love them!...."

I absolutely agree. Clearly you don't have to be old to be wise. I often feel anger and resentment when people treat their dog or cat like an inconvenience, or worse. They will abandon their dog at the shelter with an excuse such as "I'm having a baby" and can't be bothered. I focus on the dog because he's clearly in distress and the owner doesn't bat an eyelash. As this little girl illustrates they are robbing their child of a precious gift. Maybe instead of anger, I should feel pity. They are missing so much of what matters in life, a true best friend.

My hero isn't your typical hero. He has four legs and a tail. My hero's name is Fred. Fred is a 15 year old black lab. He is also my best friend and he's been with me forever. When I say forever, I mean forever. He's 4 years older than me. Since he's 105 in dog years, I call him my grandpa and I call him lazy bones because he always sleeps on the job. I am scared for him because he's old, has arthritis, and can't walk well any more. Instead of walking, he waddles. I love him more than anything and he's happy. But more than anything, he is my hero. 

Yes, my hero is my dog. They do say that a dog is a man's best friend and Fred is my best friend. He cheers me up when I'm feeling down and helps me have fun. Since I've lived with him awhile, I've never thought of him as an animal. He's our family. I always take him over to my grandparents' house with me, and my grandma only likes boxers. She actually likes him because she thinks Fred is different from other dogs. He has brought our family together. My parents went to Home Depot for plywood and came home with a little black puppy. Fred helped my parents spend more time with each other. My friend on my soccer team has an app on her phone that is all about dogs. Labs are on supposed to live only 10-12 years. Fred is no ordinary dog. A lady once told me that Fred has lived this long because he's happy. He is a happy guy, even when he's in pain. There is no way to explain why he is happy but he just is. Fred is a hero who hangs onto life. He does it for me and my family. 

Fred likes to put people in a good mood. I'll come home in a bad mood and Fred would still come up to me and wag his tail. He used to always bring us presents (dog toys) when we got home. When I was in a crib, Fred would sleep right next to it and guard me. He also did that for my two brothers when they slept in a crib. Nowadays, he sleeps right outside my door and in my parents room. I'll wake up each morning and Fred will sit in the hallway staring at me, and wagging his tail. 

What does hero mean? According to the dictionary, it means a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal. I think hero means someone who teaches others to love, be happy, and make the most of your time you have in this world. That is why Fred is my hero. There is a video I would like you to watch and it's called God and Dog. Go to YouTube and search God and Dog. Watch the video. This is how I feel about my dog. I look at him and feel the presence of God. Fred will forever be my hero and no one can change that. 

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