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Our Best Friends… Have Fur.

Cry a Little
Healing, unconditional love, and cute beady eyes: hear what dogs have meant to three owners / parents.
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I never saw a weak woman.
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I saw a very strong woman that really embodied a man too.
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And she would actually say that to me.
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She would say, you know, I'm your mom and your dad.
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That's like your only person and that they become your best
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friend, they become someone you argue with, they become like
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all these different things.
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But at the end of the day, like I still always love my mom and
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it's just so beautiful to know that like, no matter what my
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mom always gonna be there for me, she's just powerful.
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She honors that.
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She's a single mom.
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You know, she's never complained about it and she, she loves
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it.
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Do you think you'll ever be able to pay your mom back for everything
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No, I don't think so.
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I'm trying, I'm definitely trying.
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There's things that she did that you can't quantify, you can't
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put a, you know, a dollar sign to them, like the amount of affection
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and encouragement on top of the physical things that she did
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for me, like financially supporting me.
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You know, my mom is a housekeeper, she was a house, she's retired
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now, but she cleaned toilets every day, several times a day
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so that I could go to college and so that I could be here.
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So how do you repay that?
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You know, my relationship with my mom is, it's a beautiful
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thing to see her work so hard and to provide you with the best
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of the best is like one of those things where it's like, I don't
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wanna like romanticize the struggle because that's not what
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that is, but to be able to see her and like how she wanted to create
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a good like house with her two daughters.
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And this like just seeing her do her, it was just so beautiful
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So like, that's what I describe a relationship.
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Very, just beautiful, complex, hard, of course, but it was
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beautiful.
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I just remember my mom being a warrior like all the time, she
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was always a single mom.
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She was always working.
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She was always hustling, she never complained about anything
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even up to.
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Now.
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I remember a couple of months ago my mom ended up like having
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a fall and she scraped her knee, she could barely walk.
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But she was like, I'm, I'm going to work.
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She didn't complain about it.
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She was like, you know, it has to get better.
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She just got up.
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So that's the image I have from my mom.
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And so growing up, my relationship with her has been a lot about
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learning that quality about her has been about um embracing
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that, that ability of her to just like be a strong woman.
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A year and a half ago, my mom actually got really sick.
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My mom almost died.
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And at that point, she was still cleaning houses and she had
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she has kidney failure.
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And, you know, I was working at a job where I was chasing a dream
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and I felt very guilty about it because I'm like, well, my mom
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continues to clean houses.
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She's 61.
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And what am I doing here?
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You know, I'm chasing this dream for almost 10 years now.
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And I can't even take care of her financially, you know, and
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she, she hit rock bottom and I realized that it was time for
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me to take care of my mom.
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I don't know how I was going to do it, but I had to do it.
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So I left the job that I was at.
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And two weeks later I started my own company and, you know,
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it's a very successful company now.
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And that, and that, that's a blessing in itself, but it has
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allowed me to retire my mom.
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So now my mom can chase her dreams, you know, and we talk about
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this every day at the beginning.
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She was actually very resistant to it.
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She was like, what, what am I supposed to do?
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You know, like, I, I don't know, what do you want me to just go
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off and die?
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And I was like, no No, no.
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Like this is your time, this is your time for you to go to school
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for you to travel, for you to do whatever you want.
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You know, I'm gonna fund it, like do whatever you want, explore
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yourself.
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You never have, you never, you were never able to chase a dream
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All of your dreams you put aside so that my dreams could have
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a chance.
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You know, I've been, you know, I've been waiting for the right
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time to tell my mom all of these different things that I felt
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about her.
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And you know, I'm excited that now it's actually going to be
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on paper.
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Relax.
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Yes.
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Hi mom.
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Hi, mama.
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So I have, I wrote a letter for you and it's just thanking you
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for everything you've done for me and my sister and just thank
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you for, you know, the hard work it is to be a single mom.
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So, yeah.
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Ok, I wanted to first thank you for teaching me that anything
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I want I can have as long as I believe in myself and I put the work
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in.
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You are the perfect example of what it means to the dream that
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seem impossible for women like us.
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So thank you for always being such an inspiration to me.
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Thank you for sacrificing so many years of tireless work to
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make sure we always had a roof over our heads or that we never
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went hungry all while doing it on your own.
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You always made it look so easy.
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But now I understand how much of a struggle that must have been
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for you.
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I know you had to grow up pretty fast as a child, which was so
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unfair to you.
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And I want you to know that your constant fight for a better
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life has never gone unnoticed.
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Thank you for learning and going with me as I got older.
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I know it was probably so hard to deal with all my moods as a teenager
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to then dealing with me as a young adult going through college
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So thank you for going through the journey of life.
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I really love being your daughter so much and to be unconditionally
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loved by someone as amazing as you is the greatest gift ever
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for those.
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Yes, I think.
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Yes.
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No, I love you so much mommy.
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Oh my God.
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Thank you.
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Uh The way my mom is, she's a warrior like she's just a person
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that doesn't take no for an answer.
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And she's always showing that things need to get done regardless
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of whatever.
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So obviously that puts like um expectation on me on being like
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ok, you know what I want, I need to to be up to that level because
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my mom never expected less.
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You know, she's so loving, she's so great.
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She's always like, just always so welcoming, you know, she
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has such a beautiful welcoming spirit and I take that to heart
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too.
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Because that's who I wanna be.
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Like.
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She's the person I look up to because I wanna be that person
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She is strong, she's smart, she's independent.
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She's fearless.
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I think my mom is one of the most incredible people on the planet
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She is everything I want to be and more.
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Get this superstar, superstar three.
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She's had that forever.
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Yeah.
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Beautiful.
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Yeah.