Friday, September 7, 2012

A different kind of love

If you've read my blog for .5 seconds, you'd know I am in love with my puppy, Ernie. I can't call him my dog, even though he is two years old, puppy sounds much cuter and more loveable. I've always loved animals but wasn't until my 4 legged baby stole my heart that I have developed a deep love and passion for animals. Watching Planet Earth now makes me cry and seeing homeless people with dogs just tears me up inside. Not that I wasn't a softie already, I think Ernie was sent from God to show me how much animals can change lives. 

I posted an instagram picture of me at the Utah Zoo having an amazing experience with a squirrel monkey. I mentioned in a post that throughout elementary school, I wanted to be a monkey trainer when I grew up. Where I got this idea, no clue, but that is what I wanted. I've always had a thing for monkeys. And after seeing the movie Return To Me, I've always wanted to touch hands with one (behind glass of course). And don't judge me but the thought of owning a little monkey did cross my mind after seeing the show My Monkey Baby. Haha.

But this experience...so incredibly cool. I've never swam with dolphins but I would think it would be a similar feeling. I was happy and excited and had tears in my eyes, and I am glad Jon got it on camera. This little guy was so interested in me for a good minute or so.












My life has been changed owning a dog, being the fur mama to Ernie has taught me so much about love and patience. He has shown me unconditional love that no other being can satisfy. He is always a happy face (literally he is always smiling, we call him the Joker), so excited when I get home, and will never say no to sleeptime cuddles. I see the way my sister and her husband love their dog and how my parents 12 year old dog is still a giddy puppy playing with my brother. 

I come from a long line of dog lovers. My grandma volunteered at the animal shelter for many many years and now her and my papa walk dogs for friends. My aunts both foster labs and are saving the lives of those dogs. Dogs (and I am sure other animals, I am just a dog owner) change lives. They build spirits and save souls. They are the best friends and listeners humans will ever encounter. They teach us, protect us, and never forsake us. 

If you haven't seen this video/article, you must check it out. You will be crying happy tears and holding your four legged friends tight. 

26 comments:

Jessica said...

He is SO cute. that is so funny that he was interacting with you like that :)

Sarah said...

I love Ernie! Cute little guy! I feel the same exact way about my puppies! It's incredible the life they have for their owners!

Lisette Moore said...
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Lisette Moore said...

Your pictures with the monkey are adorable and I love that Jon captured this and you can see the tears in your eyes. So sweet. Ernie is adorable and dogs are truly a blessing! Just wait til you and Jon have kiddos, now that is an unexplained love!

Rebecca O said...

Aw, that is adorable! I am so glad you were able to experience that!

Megan Wait said...

Oh Ruthie, this is such a wonderful post! I'm just guessing, but that one pic looks like you saying Jon, can you believe this!?

And animals are here to teach us sooo much! I love how you have summed it up!

Mason's Mama said...

I love this! And it makes me miss my little Diesel boy!! :( So sweet. How could that little monkey not love Ruthie?! You're adorable and sweet as can be!

{[Jessica]} said...

This is so touching!!So excited for you to achieve your dreams!! I agree all animals change lives explains why I have 5 dogs, 5 cats and a bird. There is nothing like the unconditional love they show you!!

Crystal said...

I think I would have been full on bawling if that adorable little monkey would have put his hands up to mine. I have always had a connection with animals. I actually used to work at an animal hospital, and was going to go into the veterinary field but changed career paths. When I worked at the hospital one of our clients said to me "God put the animals here before us, so I think that means he put us here to take care of them." that has always stuck with me, and is something I really believe. They are a gift.

It's Sooo Fluffy! said...

Great post! My yorkie, Brody is my child! I've had him since he was 6 months old and he just turned 5 yrs old in July :) Your pup is sooo cute!

Bridget said...

That video had me in tears. I don't know what I would do if I lost my fur baby!! She is my bundle of joy! I've always wanted to be a dolphin trainer when I was growing up! I got to swim with dolphins a few years ago and loved every second of it. I can't wait to do it again...

Daisy said...

This is so sweet! It makes me want a dog even more.

Stesha said...

oh my! how cute is this little guy, I am obsessed!

xxClassic & Bubbly

Katie {katie lately} said...

You're killin me Ruthie!! We aren't allowed to have dogs here & had to give away our puppy when we moved here. Literally the hardest thing I've ever done.

Those pics of you with the monkey are SO SWEET!! So glad he just reached out like that for you!!

Carolyn said...

OMG! So sweet! Our pups definitely are special little friends! I love all those monkey pics... so cute!

Gentri said...

SO adorable!! I can't watch animal planet, because I turn into a big bawl baby! haha!

Kate said...

What awesome photos! And I still call my "puppy" a puppy, he's two years old, too!

Taylor B. said...

Great post! I love my Addison just like you love Ernie. They definitely make you a better person (at least in my opinion!)

Amanda C. said...

I have always loved animals. At one point in my childhood I wanted to train dolphins like at Sea World.

Erin said...

Oh what a cutie! Girl, I am reading the article now - tears!! Gonna go hug my sweet cat!

Erin said...

ps - that didn't make sense did it? the video wouldn't load for my so i found an article - haha ;)

CMae said...

The video was very hard for me to watch. I think my first thought was maybe it's just time for his best friend to "let go?" I am dreading the day Aspen is "too old" I know I will ball and cry for days. I get so worked up even thinking about it.

marla said...

Ruthie -you are adorable and I love your blog. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, feelings, and your Christian faith. I first saw you on House Hunters and am so glad I did. We were living in Cedar Park at the time but have since move to IL. Ernie is just precious. We have an English Bulldog and he is our baby too. I loved the video and loved the pics of you with the monkey. Thank you for sharing!

Kelli @ The Turquoise Piano said...

That monkey is amazing! And you are gorgeous.

Girls Love Fried Pickles said...

I will fight for any animal. They love us unconditionally.

Celeste said...

I agree with you 110% about dogs changing lives....I'm sure you've seen how completely obsessed I am with my little Addie, and I can honestly say she's changed me as a person in the three years I've had her. I'm more patient, more loving, and most definitely more of an animal lover.
I've always been obsessed with monkeys, and used to say I wanted a pet monkey when I was younger, so I'm super jealous of your experience with that cute little guy! LOVE those photos, they are too sweet!!!
Oh, and that article? The first time I read it I was streaming tears down my face...Arsen thought I had gotten awful news or something. It's such a beautiful story!

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