By Leonard Wong HL, Kyky (Pastel, 65cm x 50cm). Copyright Leonard Wong HL.
This painting is to celebrate Kyky's 15th birthday. According to Wikipedia, less than eight percent of dogs reached a ripe old age of 15 years and above. So, I am proud that Kyky falls within that eight percent and am also glad that she has accompanied me for so long. She has given me lots of love (not purely unconditional I've learnt but more selfless than that of any human), laughter and attention. I have learnt a lot through her as well. I've learnt to be more disciplined (have to clear the dining table without fail), tolerant (during baths and nail trimming sessions) and not fuss over the little details (fur all over my shirt sometimes). Most of all, I've learnt to stay strong and cheerful at every moment amidst life's tribulations.
In contrast, I realised that I know very little about love between human beings. Strangely, even after being in a few long term relationships with one lasting a good five years, I still find human relationships baffling and fragile. Fleeting in some cases and totally unnecessary in others. Perhaps, dogs understand us better for they seem to have more lasting relationships with us no? Perhaps, the lyrics from one of the songs i liked - Both Sides Now, sums it up nicely:
Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels
The dizzy dancing way you feel
As ev'ry fairy tale comes real
I've looked at love that way
But now it's just another show
You leave 'em laughing when you go
And if you care, don't let them know
Don't give yourself away
I've looked at love from both sides now
From give and take, and still somehow
It's love's illusions I recall
I really don't know love at all