What does a dog blogger do when the subject of their blog is dogs and the holiday in they find themselves is Memorial Day?
I struggled with this one all day today. Not because I didn’t have anything to say, but because I didn’t want what I said to sound trite or without reverence. I also didn’t want to feel like I was doing some half-hearted, obligatory post about dogs in war without acknowledging the true sacrifices of our military men and women.
The truth is I have never faced an enemy in battle. I have never been the wife or mother or child waiting at home for my loved one to return from war. I have never even visited a military grave site (I always felt that I would be intruding on a place of reverence, one meant for those who have lost a loved one in war).
Yes. I have experienced hardship in my life, but my hardship did not involve physical discomfort, emotional pain or fear like those who have fought in war.
I have had loss, but unlike most of our military men and women, I was able to grieve, surrounded by family and friends, and I was allowed to take as much time as I needed. I did not have to quash my pain and tears and head out to battle the next day. I did not have to continue fighting after losing a best friend. I did not have to feel the guilt and the pain so many of our men and women feel in times of war.
I have also sacrificed, but my sacrifices did not include missing the birth of a child, being away from my loved ones for a year or more, missing a parent’s death, telling a child that I cannot come home for a LONG time. Yet those who serve in our military do this every single day.
Honestly, I know nothing of what it is like to be a veteran or a soldier serving in a war. I know nothing of life as a military spouse or child. I know nothing of the loss a parent feels when their son or daughter is lost in battle.
I only know that honoring those who have sacrificed so much is the right thing to do on this Memorial Day. It might not be much but it is the very least I can do.
To all those who have served and continue to serve.
To those who have returned.
To our dogs of war.
In honor of Memorial Day, this week’s Favorite Video Friday is a bit special. It features a U.S. soldier, David Sharpe, and the dog who saved him, his rescue dog, Cheyenne.
It’s also about how this one dog inspired this returning vet, suffering from PTSD, to start a group called P2V to help save vets and rescued pets. I hope you will be as moved by David and Cheyenne’s story as I was.
If you’d like to learn more about David’s group, or help a returning vet and rescued pet, you can go to his website: http://companionsforheroes.org/
May you all have a wonderful Friday and beautiful Memorial Day weekend.
To all you returning veterans.. Welcome home. May you be greeted with open arms and paws.