When I was young and painfully shy,
We had a wise old German Shepherd.
I could whisper held-back secrets
Into his attentive ears, and be heard.
When I was older, at a new school,
Friendless and socially awkward,
I had a yellow lab who was my friend,
Who always stayed close by my side.
When I was a young adult woman,
Living with crippling depression,
I had a beagle with long soft ears
Who calmed my restless agitation.
Now that I am the age that I am,
I think of my canine companions.
The ones that were, the ones who are,
Have molded who I have become.