In the span of one week, my life has gone through a seismic change. I had significant knee surgery, AND I realized miraculous things about my two dogs. It’s one thing when you can explain to your family and friends that you have an upcoming surgery; they comprehend the outcome, but pets don’t know that something is bound to change until it does. That’s why I’m compelled to write an open letter to my dogs.

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I wish my dogs could read my letter that I’ve written or could receive daily text messages from me because this is what I would say to them, even though words can’t begin to touch my feelings.

An Open Letter To My Dogs


On OPen Letter: Keira and Rosa


Dear Keria and Rosa,

I’m sorry for when I first came home after surgery; I know you were scared. Scared of the way I hobbled in on clangy, metal crutches that frightened you with every step I tried to take. I saw your noses twitch the air from the medicinal smell I brought into our domain. I’m sure you found it both irritating and discomforting. I hope you weren’t too afraid.

How could I change so drastically in a short amount of time? Yesterday we were going on walks and today – well today I can’t walk. But, most of all I’m so sorry that family members thought it was in our best interest to be separated from each other my first day and night home.

I need you to know that broke my heart as much as it broke yours. I heard you cry and moan all night, me in my room and you relegated to outside the door of my room. I know the other’s thought it was in my best interest, but they don’t understand our bond.

I Need You More Than You Need Me.

It took a lot of coaxing but finally the next day you were allowed to see me and having you close took away my pain.

Sure, I’ve read all the reports about the health benefits of having a dog. I’m aware of how dogs improve your mood and decrease depression. Heck, I’ve read that dog owners enjoy several cardiovascular perks, including lower blood pressure, lower heart rate, and stress levels.

The list of benefits to owning a dog is just about endless.

I know this in my soul.

But, those were all words read and saved somewhere in the stratosphere before today.

Your presence eased my pain. Your cuddles brought me joy. Your gentleness made me strong. Your hot licks on my cold hands brought me warmth. Your looks of reassurance made me confident. Your playful coyness brought me optimism and I’m in awe of your daily comfort.

I’m amazed that each time I gingerly try to walk Keira guides the direction, and Rosa moves behind me every step of the way.

I’m flattered how you watch me. Every movement, whether I’m adjusting myself on the couch or getting set to rise – both of you are alert to my every move and ready to walk in our formation.

How did I ever get so blessed? Is this some innate ability dog’s have with their loved ones?

How can I ever repay you?

I think about this quote often –

My goal in life is to be as good of a person as my dog already thinks I am.
~Author Unknown

I love you both more than I can express. You are my lifeblood. I didn’t understand the depth of what it means until now.

~Kisses & Love Forever

Have you experienced your pet in a new light? It’s impactful.

I wish Keira and Rosa could read my open letter to them, but I will express my love to them daily in beloved dog ways –  hugs, kisses & walks (when I’m off crutches).

25 Comments on An Open Letter To My Dogs: I Wish They Could Read

  1. Leigh-Collins
    February 8, 2017 at 11:38 PM (1 year ago)

    Ok this is so cute and adorable.. and so very sweet! Thanks for sharing, I really did enjoy reading this 🙂 Just what I needed after a long day.

  2. Jenna Hughson
    September 28, 2016 at 8:48 AM (1 year ago)

    Aw wow, this was beautiful.

  3. Lindsay Pevny
    September 27, 2016 at 12:20 AM (1 year ago)

    So kind of you to think of your dogs’ feelings while you’re still recovering. It’s so wonderful to have animals in our lives, they really do improve our lives in more ways than can be proven or measured.

  4. Cathy Armato
    September 26, 2016 at 8:15 AM (1 year ago)

    Very moving letter, I know exactly what you mean. I wouldn’t want to be separated from my babies either, I know they’d rise to the occasion and help me heal. Their awareness and instincts are sometimes astounding, it’s like they know just what we need!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  5. Sadie
    September 25, 2016 at 9:06 PM (1 year ago)

    It is more difficult for us than it is for them. I’m glad you’re through the worst of it and you have the best therapists looking after you now.

  6. Sweet Purrfections
    September 25, 2016 at 7:56 PM (1 year ago)

    How beautiful. I remember the reactions of my previous cat, Praline, when I had multiple surgeries over a 5-year period. She really didn’t know what was going on and it was obvious she was uncomfortable. She eventually became my strength to help me heal.

  7. Tonya Wilhelm
    September 25, 2016 at 7:55 PM (1 year ago)

    Sweet. I sure hope you feel better soon. Lots of doggie snuggles are in order.

  8. Kelsie - It's Dog or Nothing
    September 25, 2016 at 7:24 PM (1 year ago)

    This is so beautiful and definitely made me tear up. When I had jaw surgery, I had to stay in the hospital for four days. Not only was Mauja and Atka’s routine messed up, but like you said, I came home with that medicinal smell plus my face was all wrapped up. Mauja was terrified of me for about two days. I sobbed and sobbed. I wish they could have understood what was going on.

  9. Robin
    September 25, 2016 at 6:26 PM (1 year ago)

    Awww! This is so sweet. I hope that your recovery is going well. Sometimes it is impossible to prepare a pet for upcoming changes.I’ve been there many times. The amount of love and compassion that our pets have for us is amazing! I’m glad that your pups have been good nurses for you. 🙂

  10. Dash Kitten Crew
    September 25, 2016 at 1:46 PM (1 year ago)

    A cat can be an amazing friend and support in times f stress, worry and healing. They seem to know, often, just how different things are – but they cope so well.

    When I got knocked off my motorbike the srutches were a real scare for a few days then it was ‘Ooh it’s her on them! WhatEver!!!!”

  11. Beth Patterson
    September 25, 2016 at 1:34 PM (1 year ago)

    I am glad you have them by your side as you recover! My dogs are a great source of comfort to me when I’m down. After surgery or when I’m sick they just are happy to lay next to me and keep me company. They really do have the best bedside manner!

  12. The Daily Pip
    September 24, 2016 at 7:53 AM (1 year ago)

    So sweet! I am glad they are by your side to help you heal emotionally and physically! Dogs are true healers in so many ways.

    • Maureen Lake
      September 24, 2016 at 12:08 PM (1 year ago)

      They are true healers and such amazing friends!

  13. Malaika Fernandes
    September 24, 2016 at 12:00 AM (1 year ago)

    i really wish your dogs could read!!. . Dogs are a real comfort to us in times like these. iI hope you are better now with your doodles watching out for you

  14. Pawesome Cats
    September 23, 2016 at 11:55 PM (1 year ago)

    What a beautiful letter and lovely way to express your love for your pets. Ava always keeps me company when I’m sick, she’s a wise soul!

  15. Lola The Rescued Cat
    September 23, 2016 at 5:23 PM (1 year ago)

    That’s so beautiful. We’re sure Keira and Rosa know how much you love them.

  16. Tenacious Little Terrier
    September 23, 2016 at 3:57 PM (1 year ago)

    When I had my wisdom tooth taken out, Mr. N would just curl up next to me and he didn’t want to go for walks with my boyfriend either. He would also come check on me in the tub to make sure I was still alive.

    • Maureen Lake
      September 23, 2016 at 7:27 PM (1 year ago)

      It’s so amazing how they just know something is different.

  17. Ruth Epstein
    September 23, 2016 at 2:16 PM (1 year ago)

    What a wonderful letter, I could not have survived the Domestic Violence Relationship I was in if it was not for Baby R..P. – she kept me going hourly.

    Get well soon

    • Maureen Lake
      September 23, 2016 at 3:33 PM (1 year ago)

      I’m sorry to hear about your past but so happy of the positive outcome! Pets are amazing, aren’t they? I really had no idea just how in tune we are with each other until this surgery. Now, if I could just go for walks with them, they’d be really happy!

  18. Nichole
    September 23, 2016 at 1:32 PM (1 year ago)

    Beautiful … and so sweet. If only they knew… but sometimes I think they really DO know.

    • Maureen Lake
      September 23, 2016 at 3:34 PM (1 year ago)

      Yes, I think they do know. They are so intuitive it’s amazing. I’m so utterly impressed with these two girls!

  19. Rachel
    September 23, 2016 at 8:40 AM (1 year ago)

    This is so sweet! I, too, wish my dog (and cats) could read. But kisses and hugs will have to do!

  20. Dev
    September 22, 2016 at 7:04 PM (1 year ago)

    Dogs really are amazing animals! I know after a car accident that I was in, my doodle helped in more ways than I can explain. I am so glad your doodles are watching after you!

    • Maureen Lake
      September 22, 2016 at 7:48 PM (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Dev. I’m sorry to hear about your accident. I hope you’ve recovered? My girls are Doodles too! I just can’t get over how kind and generous they are!


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