When you were young, you hid behind my legs. I was your protector and savior. When you were afraid, I showed you everything can be conquered, if we are brave enough to try.
Now you stand before me when I am afraid. You run headlong into the darkness to show me there’s nothing the shadows can do to harm us. You laugh at the unknown, because all your life you’ve learned the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
You make me believe in things I thought I had forgotten. You make me believe that I can conquer; that I can triumph. You give me strength to stand when I want to fall, to run when I can barely crawl.
Dog is man’s best friend, but you are more than that to me. You are my guardian. You know nothing of the demons I fight, yet you stand by my side and attack the darkness around me, until there’s nothing left of it, but a vague memory.