How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...
I love thee agreeably - enough to let your stinky dog hide on the bed after a run through damp leaves, mud and slug infested gardens.
I love thee steadfastly - enough to devote a year to raising you from a wobbly speck into a strong healthy adult (who promptly attempts to seize control).
I love thee passionately - despite your repeated efforts to probe my ears, eyes and mouth with the same tongue you use for various other atrocities.
I love thee well - despite the amazing odors you produce.
I love thee deeply - though you use me as a napkin at every opportunity.
I love thee madly - despite the various bodily functions you have performed at inappropriate moments - in inappropriate places.
I love thee constantly - despite the dog "bladder curfew" I have lived by for many years.
I love thee truly - despite the "doggie land mines" hidden in the grass.
I love thee absolutely - because you never (well, hardly ever) hog the remote control.
I love thee gratefully - because you stay by my side (or on my side).
I love thee devotedly - more than clean carpeting, clothing, furniture, floors or walls.
I love thee bravely - enough to battle the indomitable flea on your behalf.
I love thee monetarily - enough to put the vet's children through college.
I love thee openly - I will bear any embarrassment for your furry sake.
I love thee totally -more than free time, excess cash or a predictable life.
Written by Pat, a rescue volunteer in Texas