Holly is more than a dog, says proud owner

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Holly the Dog

By Kim Whalen

There you lay, looking so content and peaceful on our love seat, looking out our plain glass window. I often wonder what could be going through your mind. Your beautiful eyes sparkle as you gaze in amazement at God’s beautiful scenic view.

You love the fresh outdoors and love to go for walks. You love to play tug-of-war with your teddy bear and you love to cuddle on the chesterfield. When one of us comes home you wag your tail and sniff us. If you could talk, you would say, “Mom, what are we having for lunch today?” You would probably say, “A bowl full of spaghetti and homemade chocolate chip cookies,” because that’s your favourite meal.

Even though you cannot speak, I know what you want. Actions speak louder than words. You use your paw to scratch me when you want my gum, food or you want your ears or belly scratched.

You wag your silly tail when you get excited and turn your head away when you are upset and then you chew on your Santa hat, for it gives you comfort.

You have such compassion for you knew when I was a little sad and you dashed across the room and licked my tears away. Also when our son was a baby and he would cry, you would run over to him and lick his face. I only wish you knew how much it meant to me.

You are not fond of the cold but in the wintertime you love to wrap up in your red fleece blanket and go for a ride on your wooden sleigh in the snow.

Faith brought you into our house and you helped make it a home.

Even though you came into our lives in the month of July, you were called “Holly” because Christmas is a special time with so much love and you are loved so very much.

I believe dogs are a lot smarter than people give them credit for. You go to the pantry and open the door with your paw and try to get your white mini marshmallows as a treat. When you are at my mom’s house, you open the cupboard door and try to take out your milk-bones.

Some people might say, “She’s just a dog." You are much more than that. You are our baby girl, our guardian angel and you truly are a gift from God. You have brought so much joy and laughter into our home.

Holly, there is someone special inside of you because you love everyone just the way they are. We could all learn a very valuable lesson from you, that is to love unconditionally for I believe the most important thing in life is that we take care of each other the way God meant for us to do.

Everyday and especially at Christmastime please be kind to all living creatures big and small. God loves us all no matter who we are. God created someone very special when he created you.

Holly, we are truly blessed to have you in our lives. 

— Kim Whalen writes from Western Bay

Geographic location: Western Bay

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  • LorettaReid
    January 14, 2014 - 16:35

    there is a woman that lost a dog like that on the new harbour barrens by island pond park this dog looks just like the one she lost she was offering $1000.00 reward for the safe return of her precious dog

  • Bill Westcott
    December 21, 2013 - 10:25

    Dear Kim Merry Christmas to you and yours and of course little Holly. Well, where to begin. First you moved us so much with your absolutely beautiful and so wonderfully written story about Holly and the importance of pets to us.not just at this time of year but all year long. My wife Betty and I read your story twice this morning and it was such a good idea to run the picture of Holly with it. You have a gift to write like that, so use it more and more as we love sharing stories like that. Through the lines we can feel your love of dogs generally.. anyone who can love a pet like that is special and hs such a big heart. We owned two dogs a Maltese names Sparky (whom I wrote about the time we had to put him to sleep) and Alfie.. a Bichon Frise who was a show dog. We showed him many times at the Hr.Grace dog shows. He was a champion. It was so tough to see him slip away too. But, that is the way it is, we have them only for short periods (in our case about 13-14 years respectfully. These days we dog sit for friends. Again, I want to compliment you on your descriptive writing. style, it is wonderful ..you must do more! For one who has spent my whole career writing, (TV -Radio and Newspapers) I know good writing--you may see my stuff in the Compass now and then- I wrote a column there for 4 years. I too, love to write, it is such a joy and a feeling of expression I find nowhere else. May God bless you and yours and thanks so much for giving us the joy of reading from your heart the story of Holly. It might interest you that we are in Florida for the winter and it is 84 degrees outside. Your story is as warm as the sun and as smooth as the palm trees dancing in the breeze. All the best!