“A mother is the truest friend we have when trials fall upon us, or adversity takes the place of prosperity, and friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when darkness falls. Though trouble thickens around us, still she will cling to us, and endeavor to bring peace to our hearts. Her arms are always open when we need a hug; her heart understands when we need a friend. Her gentle eyes can be stern if we need a lesson, but her strength and love guide us and give us wings to fly.”

Mother’s Day comes once a year, but one day is not sufficient to honor our mothers. Our mothers are the truest friends we will ever have, and every day is Mother’s Day!!

To all moms and special women in our lives, we offer this special tribute of devotion:

“If I could give you diamonds for each tear you cried for me… if I could give you rubies for every heartache I have caused…if I could give you pearls for the wisdom that you’ve shown… then you’d have a treasure, mother, that would mount up to the skies, but I have no pearls, rubies, or diamonds, as I am sure you are well aware, so I will give you gifts more precious: my devotion, love and care. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!”

Dog moms celebrate on Mother’s Day too, and Carol Bryant shares this confession with us:

“I am a dog mom. I love it when folks call me a dog mom…a sense of pride swells over me. I do things with my dog that perhaps those who went before me did not with their dogs in days gone by. I look back on my childhood and cringe: the “family dog” wasn’t allowed in the main part of our home, and I wonder to this day if she ever even saw anything above the basement, where she was “allowed” to sleep if temps fell below zero.

The attitudes toward pets are slowly changing; in fact some argue that “dogs are the new kids” is becoming a worldwide epidemic. Science has finally acknowledged the special connection between humans and canines, and even big name journals like Psychology Today admit that dogs have the propensity to feel many of the same emotions that humans do.

My dog isn’t a child…I understand that. If I am honored to share life with my dog for 15 years or more, unlike a teenager at age 15, my dog won’t be asking for the car keys, won’t enter the dating world, and will never become a source of grey hair as I worry if he is 10 minutes late past curfew. The lifespan of a dog is short, a flicker if you will, compared to a human. There will be no dating, college funds, job search, or prom nights. He will pass from this world too soon, leaving a horrendous hole in my heart.

Since becoming a dog mom, I have learned many lessons including the importance of living in the moment. I have yet to see my dog worry about what happened yesterday or panic about plans for tomorrow. Dogs have taught me to live life to the fullest because, at any time, it can end. Yesterday is gone – tomorrow may never come. Today is best day of my life.

Yes, I spoil too much on my dog, and I certainly spend too much on him. I buy cotton swabs…I use baby wipes on his feet after a muddied walk or rainy day, and I could probably circumnavigate the globe with the amount of paper towels I use. I know he does not need eight leashes, four water bowls, regular trips to the pet supply store, and organized play dates.

I believe that all dogs should be well taken care of and kept out of harm’s way. They live such short lives, and they depend on us to accept the responsibilities of caring for them. They have no voice; they have no choice, Dog moms understand that, and do what is right for them. Dog moms celebrate their dogs every day. Dog moms shop. Dog moms buy….some dog moms even tuck their dogs in at night, and I enjoy the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, and the satisfaction of being a dog mom. Happy Mother’s Day to all dog moms of the world.”