(Wo)man’s best friend

Alex Dapp

There comes a time in life when you realize that common clichés and sayings are so popular because, more often than not, they are true. Sayings such as “what goes around comes around” and “don’t bite the hand that feeds you” might be slightly annoying, but they are pretty sage advice. One term that I have come to understand the validity behind is “man’s best friend.”

My boyfriend has had his seven-year-old black lab, Jackie, for her whole life. The two have been through everything together and it is a rarity when the two spend any time apart. In the year that my boyfriend and I (and Jackie) have lived together, I have been able to witness the special bond between man and dog and win the friendship of Jackie, too.

While no relationship will ever come close to the relationship Jackie has with my boyfriend, I would like to think that Jackie and I have a stronger bond than just friends. Dare I even say that we, too, are best friends? I just might.

A best friend is someone who is always there for you, who is kind and caring and who is, most of all, just that; a friend. Jackie is always happy to see me when I come home. If I was gone for the whole day or simply just 20 minutes, Jackie always greets me as if I have been away for months.

I don’t think I have ever met a better napping buddy than Jackie. No matter the time of day, the length of the nap or the location, Jackie is always down to catch some z’s with me whenever the opportunity arises.

If I am feeling sick, Jackie is not going to leave my side until I am feeling better. If I need to use the restroom or shower, you’d better believe that Jackie is waiting patiently right outside the door for me to be done.

I can take that rambunctious lab with me anywhere; whether it be a short drive in the car or a 12-mile mountain bike ride, she is happy to be along for the adventure.

I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to “adopt” Jackie as my dog and I couldn’t imagine my life without her in it. I think that everyone should experience the love and affection of a best friend, but specifically a best friend with four paws and an undying desire for belly rubs. Once you experience the companionship of a canine, you suddenly start appreciating the little things in life.