A happy pup indeed, I am! I have a family that loves me, all the food and water I need, and a comfortable place to stay. Who could ever want more?
My job is protecting my family, and I love my job! It is an honorable task and it suits my character well.
Even when the kids like to make fun of me, I know that deep down they love me and I show it in every way I can.
Sometimes, when you are weak or frustrated, you take it out on me. Even when you kick me and beat me, the love I have for you is so strong, it would take a terrible deed to make me turn on you, and one I do not seek.
Besides, when those people attacked the family awhile back, I was quick to react and even hounded them back into their hole. Although they hit me, and I thought for awhile there I would die, I never let up for a minute, because it is my FAMILY that is in need. And that’s my lot in life; no matter what, don’t quit, even if it means my life, because there is nothing more important to me than my family.
Although my space is small, I am comfortable curled up in a ball, keeping warm as I stay alert in my hooch for any threats to my family. Besides, I know some other dogs that don’t have anywhere near what my family provides for me, so they must love me, right?
Sometimes you can’t tell when I’m really hurting inside, but I never let that lessen my need to protect you from all harm.
When we are away from home, remember how excited I get as we come back home? I can hardly contain myself, and I show it as much as I can.
When you take me out to show me off to others, after I have accomplished some impossible feat in protecting my family, I love the attention I get. Even though it is short lived, I live for those moments. Nothing makes me feel better than a warm pat on the head.
So, my friends, when you are feeling a bit stressed out from all your Christmas shopping and visiting, I ask that you remember the family dog too this Christmas.
Your faithful unto death United States Marine.
Sgt Grit wants to hear from you! Leave your comments below or submit your own story!