Fernando and Jarrett: A Real Life Story of Friendship
Fernando, Mi Amor
Fernando was so young when we brought him into our life that he was dependent on me and my wife, not only for affection but also for survival. At seven weeks old, a puppy is incapable of feeding itself, of procuring water and of understanding what is or is not a dangerous threat.
We drove Fernando home from Darby Farms, outside of Athens, GA, to our home in Atlanta, nestled in a blanket we had rubbed against his mother to ease his transition from her to us. He spent the hour-and-a-half-long drive in my wife Hallie's lap, drinking water out of her mug. He didn't cry once.
We were so madly in love with him from the second we knew he would be coming home with us that he must have been able to sense our feelings, allowing him to trust us calmly.
I never knew how strongly I could love another animal before Fernando, how deep of a connection I could make, in a split second, when I realized I was responsible for the well-being and survival of a living creature.
My wife has taught me that love is not whirlwind romance; it is a hard working partnership. Similarly, Fernando has taught me that love is not rousing. It is patient. Love is sacrificing one's self for someone else, to keep them full of vitality and provide more for them than you have for yourself.
I lost a lot of sleep when he was a baby, going in and out all night during the dead of winter, but I never once questioned whether or not being a dog father was worth it. Despite all the slippers and remote controls that have been sacrificed to his exploratory nature, he has never been anything but perfect. My beautiful son, my love, Fernando.
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