– adapted from the words of Justin Palmer –
Dogs never die. They don’t know how to. Yes, they get tired and very old, and their bones start to hurt, but they don’t die.
If they died, they wouldn’t always want to go for a walk – even long after their bones say, “No, no. Not a good idea. Let’s not go for a walk.” Nope. Dogs always want to go for a walk. That’s who they are. They walk and wag their tail.
It’s not that they prefer a walk over your company. On the contrary, a walk with you is all there is. You – their human – and the abstract symphony of odour that shapes their world: cat poop, another dog’s mark, a rotting chicken bone, and you. This is what makes their world perfect and in a perfect world, death has no place.
The thing is, you see, dogs only get very sleepy. And no one teaches you this at a fancy university. They may teach you about quarks and gluons, or Keynesian economics, but they forget to teach you that dogs never die.
So when you think your dog has died, they have actually fallen asleep in your heart. And you must know, they are wagging their tail madly. That’s why your chest hurts so much and you cry all the time. I mean, who wouldn’t cry with a happy dog wagging its tail in their chest? Ouch! Wap, wap, wap, wap. But remember, they only wag their tail when they wake up and that’s when they say, “Thanks for a warm place to sleep – the best place – your heart.”
When they first fall asleep, they wake up all the time and that’s why, of course, you cry all the time. With time, after they have fallen asleep in your heart, they will take longer and longer naps because it’s hard work being such a good dog. But don’t be fooled, they are not dead. There’s no such thing, really. They are just sleeping in your heart and they will wake up again. Usually when you’re not expecting it.
So excuse me when I cry. It’s just my dog waking up and wagging its tail – because dogs never die.