I've written a lot about my childhood and how utterly dismal it was. The only bright spot was my first dog, a beagle I named Cocoa. He was a gift from my father who had unknowingly given me something that would remain forever in my heart: the unconditional love of a dog. The term "dog" almost seems beneath these loyal, devoted beings. I'd rather think of it as God spelled backwards.
From that day on, I vowed to always have a dog in my life. And I have.
This was submitted for Jillsy Girl's Childhood Challenge. Go check it out if you have time!