Dog owners understand the wide spectrum of love and frustration that comes with owning a pet. For all the wonderful times we have there are just as many accidents on the rug, chewed up sneakers and poorly timed barking sessions that give us headaches. But these are the moments that make having a dog so special. It isn’t a perfect relationship, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t one worth having.
Beloved actor Jimmy Stewart knew exactly what it was like to have a dog who drives you crazy. On a 1981 episode of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Stewart read a poem that chronicled his experiences with a dog named Beau. While Beau’s defiant nature sounds tough to deal with, there’s an unmistakable love in Stewart’s voice as he reminisces about his old friend. In just four minutes, his poem manages to capture something that every dog owner knows in their heart: at the end of our dog’s life, if we could go back and do it all over again, we wouldn’t change a single detail.
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