These photos of my dog came up in my news feed today, and they reminded me of just how regal she was.

I know that most dog owners think that their dog is the best, but I try not to think in absolutes: it's just that my dog was better than the dogs that I've met.

Even as a puppy, she held herself with grace and elegance.

Townsquare Media photo by John Falcon

When Facebook brings up "Memories" in your timeline, showing you the items you posted on this day one year ago, two years ago, etc., the photos can really bring out some emotions.

Looking at these photos I took at my brother-in-law's camp remind me of just how regal-looking Tucker was, and they bring that little ping of pain associated with memories of a late friend.

Dogs, for many, are like family: they come on vacations with us, they watch TV with us, they comfort us when we are feeling down, some even sleep in the same bed as us.

Fall in love with a dog, and in many ways you enter a new orbit, a universe that features not just new colors but new rituals, new rules, a new way of experiencing attachment. - Caroline Knapp

For those looking to get pets for yourself or a loved one as a Christmas present (or birthday, or Easter, whatever the occasion), please make certain that the recipient will be ready for the sacrifices needed to properly train and care for that pet. Make certain that they will have the funds needed for vaccinations, spaying/neutering, annual vet visits, food, medications, and proper housing. Visit the local shelters to look for an animal that needs a second chance. Go into it with the mindset of having a new family member.

Townsquare Media photo by John Falcon

Tucker was regal: magnificent; dignified; resembling royalty. She was a good dog and she taught me how to be a better setting the example for obedience, loyalty and love. Unconditional love.


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