"My Only Friends" by Sarah Payne
If It Weren't For Fido Essay Contest Grand Prize Winner
Today, BestBullySticks is proud to share with you our Grand Prize winning "If It Weren't For Fido" essay. When we read Sarah Payne's story around our offices, we were all reminded of the ways dogs truly transform our lives. We know you'll enjoy reading Sarah's story.
Some folks just seem to know how to be humans. I think I was standing behind the door when that was being handed out. I miss a lot of the cues of what people mean beyond what they say and it makes it difficult to find friends. That's a lonely way to live. I've been lucky, I met a man that some how gets me but that doesn't help me to understand things better. Even as a child, my only friends were animals in general and dogs in particular. I remember many family get togethers where I ended up alone in a corner or basement with my aunt's dogs. It sounds lonely but I fit better with them.
As an adult, my husband and I have always had dogs. We have rescued any critter needing a home from three legged hamsters to crazy cats to abused bulldogs. We've never had a home without a dog. It makes me feel more at ease and I love the larger breeds. When I come home to a wagging tail it some how makes the day in the human world easier. I might be awkward out there but home with a dog snuggled beside me it feels okay that I've always had trouble connecting to people.
We had planned to have children. That's what people do. We grow up, fall in love, get married, have kids, look forward to grandkids. I think a part of me has always hoped that if I had a child that I'd some how find I could understand people better. That maybe, somehow, by watching my child grow up and learn how to navigate the big, wide, world I'd learn too. I could see my husband, my kids and the dogs playing in the yard and it seemed like a good dream. Read more