They say that dogs are man’s best friend. While I agree with the sentiment, I do not quite think it truly honors our canine friends fully. At least in respect to my darling Djinn Djinn.
You see, my Djinn Djinn, (while named by my husband Jon after the rascal from “Jeannie” who loved to destroy uniforms and terrorize NASA) could not have been more opposite from his television namesake. Honestly he was every bit the type of dog one always dreams of having.
His deep loveable eyes spoke not only volumes when he looked at me but were wells of love. His darling face and expressions earned him the nickname of “The Face” as he was so clever at delivering an expression. One look from Djinn Djinn told us he either knew exactly what we were saying or the exact expression that would win him the specific object of his attention; which was often a treat or toy.
When company would arrive Djinn Djinn was always on his best behavior. Quite the ladies man he often would place his head on a knee and look up with those big beautiful brown eyes that always won him a scratch on the head or behind the ears.
His intelligence was astounding. While most pets I imagine pay no attention to television screens, Djinn Djinn could sit for hours watching a variety of programs featuring animals of all species. If we ever questioned his interest being of any significance, he would tilt his head left, then right as the animals on the screen would make noises. He knew what he was watching.
Whenever I would be away from home Djinn Djinn would sit eagerly at the television if I was on and watch and listen. He not only knew my voice but he would watch until the program ended.
I am sharing this with you because today, our darling sweet Djinn Djinn passed away peacefully here at home. For the past thirteen years Djinn Djinn made this house more than a house, he made it home. When I think of all the wonderful times we had with him I firmly stand behind my belief that dogs are not just man’s best friend, they possess the inherent traits making them capable of so much more. Djinn Djinn knew when we were sad, he knew when we were frustrated and he knew exactly how to make us feel better, without even trying.
No, dogs are more than man’s best friend, my Djinn Djinn was so much more than just that. He was my sweet baby, he was Jon’s buddy and an element of my life these past thirteen years that will always bring a smile to my face and light in my heart.
Dear sweet Djinn Djinn, you will always be a part of us, the joy you brought to our lives we will always have. While you have gone from us here, your memory will fill our hearts, becoming part of us and remind us of how precious you will always remain.