‘Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has fallen.’
When Ardbeg met Dolly he was still trying to find his way in the world. He tested what worked with other dogs, he was often intimidated by them and tried very hard to show them he was one of them. Too hard, quite often. Dolly is a special dog, there’s an aura of reassurance around her, she’s got a calming effect on anyone who is not bothered by her size. She’s kind, loving and has extraordinary levels of empathy. Sometimes people tell stories about dogs with an extra sense, the strange, almost telepathic ability to know how someone feels or what he thinks. Dolly is one of these dogs (and no, it’s not telepathy). She made Ardbeg happy. He fell in love and would be grumpy all day if he didn’t have his daily ‘Dolly time’. He would wait for her (forever if needs be), copy her, try to impress her, protect her from unwanted attention (or rather, what he thought was unwanted attention). She changed him, made him self-confident and brave. She made him happy.
Some people, being shallow, laughed at what in their eyes was a mismatched couple. They never cared. You don’t choose your love or your friend because they are the right size, the right colour, the right shape. It they are right for you, everything else is right. Simple, really.
It’s impossible not to love Dolly, but I have an extra reason to cherish her. Lily and Dolly are close, too, but the relationship between Ardbeg and his Biggest Love will never be repeated.