It’s been one year since we brought Theo home. Zoe and I drove to the shelter to collect him, just the two of us. She had been asking incessantly for a puppy for as long as she could verbalize it. The entire 20 minute ride from our house to the vet, she squealed in delight and yet still remarks about the raccoon that we saw on the road every single time this story is told. Significant in that her compassion for animals is second nature, and we were moments away from bringing in one of the most selfless and significant first relationships with a pet that she will have.
The truth is, Zoe had chosen a different puppy for our family. She was drawn towards the smaller breeds, the fluffy white, female, energetic ones; and while she loves Theo, he wasn’t her first choice and she reminds me of it frequently. Theo was the the shy one in his litter. I was drawn to him immediately because of that, and his eyes were and still are the most soulful that i’ve seen in a dog. He gravitated towards Beau when we visited him in his pen, and that was it for me. I had seen a connection between the two of them even then, and there wasn’t any way I was going to leave without him.
I think about our story and the attention that has found us after I posted those first few photos of Theo and Beau napping on my instagram account, and I realize that serendipity is actually quite cosmically intentional. Whatever the reason, they found each other in the most lovely way, and because of that relationship we’ve made countless connections-known and unknown-with so many wonderful souls around the globe. You’ve shared stories with me of love and loss, hope and uncertainty, sadness and joy. Somehow, like a seedling rising towards the sun from beneath a blanket of dark, the purity of love blossomed between these babies and was bestowed upon us. Like us, you have shown gratitude. Maybe in some way, the relationship and immediate connection between two different species, just babies in this world, confirms that we are all one. Perhaps in that way we can see that God exists.
Our sweet baby needed Theo in his life then, but in many ways I feel like he needs him even more now. With the introduction of Evangeline into our lives, everything that Beau knew had changed, except for his relationship and napping ritual with Theo. His constant and true friend has been there for him unwaveringly. He’s been there for all of us, even Evvie. We’re all waiting for life to calm down a bit, but I think there is some comfort in knowing that whatever the case, we have confirmation in love. And that is absolutely enough.