Even before I put my keys down after a long day, Vector's sheer joy provides a reassuring, it's-all-worth-it boost. His tireless pursuit of food has made our creepy, annoying Roomba obsolete. And who else can I depend upon to soundly beat me at tug-of-war?
But more than anything, Vector's gift is his easy, everlasting innocence. Our relationship will be forever free of enmity - to his credit, not mine. My furry best friend is permanently pure and, given my many flaws, incredibly forgiving. Even if he had opposable thumbs, my sin-free sidekick wouldn't cast stones.
Sometimes I need a spiritual reset, a return to simplicity amid a life whose blessings can seem like obligations. Sometimes I need a close friend who isn't judging me. Sometimes I just want to focus on something that I know, with certainty, is and always will be 100 percent good. Vector, with his sniffing, in-the-moment nature and limitless loyalty, provides all that and more.
Animal lovers with human children have all endured the awkward, angering scene of a relative or friend who, while obsessing over our babies, discount our pets as suddenly irrelevant also-rans. We had a nanny who would literally push Vector out of the way. That nanny doesn't work for us anymore.