What Makes a Good Dad

A Tribute to Father’s Day

Samantha Beach
Jun 11 · 3 min read
Photo of Puppa’s favorite doggy-chewed slippers by Samantha Beach

I don’t have much experience with fathers in my life other a few older men helping me out when my car broken down or something not working in my apartment.

My father joined the military service when I was a baby. When he returned, my mother drove him away and they divorced. He had visitation rights, but she told lies to both of us so that we wouldn’t want to see each other. Unfortunately, it’s only been about ten years since we got back in communication, but that’s another story for later.

Still, I’ve gotten to know a lot about my Dad, his character, his beliefs, his struggles… I’m proud to say that I’m a lot like him in many ways and we agree on many issues. We even chose the same career path. I find that rather cosmic.

I’m very grateful to have this second chance to get to know my Dad before it’s too late. I love him very much and am blessed that he loves me, too.

To all you great fathers, grandfathers, great-grandfathers, and great-great-grandfathers, this is your day to relax and enjoy. Leave the tools in the garage along with the lawnmower. Watch TV, take a nap, do what you want knowing you deserve this time off and that your family loves you dearly. Huge hugs!

Though we have no human children, I include my husband in celebrating Father’s Day, as he is Puppa to the many dogs that make up our furry family.

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Good fathers are always there when you need them, especially when you need their shoulder to cry on. After patting your back and handing you a box of tissues, they will help you work through your problem and provide logical advice.

Good fathers will always be proud of you, even when you screw up.

Good fathers are never ashamed of their children even when you are ashamed of yourself.

Good fathers will never let you fall if they can help it. If you do fall, they will pick you up, dust you off, and help you stay on your feet.

Good fathers want what’s best for you but will quietly stand by cringing and keeping their opinion to themselves if you do something they don’t like or date someone they are not comfortable with.

Good fathers will accept the person you marry or partner-up with even if they don’t like them, as they believe you are an adult and they respect your decisions. However, they will be right there to pick you up if the relationship falls apart.

Good fathers don’t want you to worry about them, so if you think something is wrong or suspect a health issue, ask him about it. Sometimes they need our help and support but won’t ask.

Good fathers worry about you no matter how old you are, even if you are married to or in a relationship with someone he approves of and likes. They are always there for you when you need them, no matter the time of day or night and no matter how far away you are.

Good fathers want their children to be happy. If we’re happy, they’re happy.

Good fathers are to be appreciated, respected, hugged often… and well-taken care of in their golden years.

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My husband and I began rescuing dogs over 20 years ago. They are our furry family and we do everything we can to help fill their lives with love, health, and happiness. We rescue the old, sick, unwanted, damaged, and on death row. Each special soul we save changes us and remains in our hearts long after they’re gone. I am an aspiring indie-author and also create and sell jewelry and metal bookmarks and we have a Go Fund Me campaign (https://www.gofundme.com/tr796d-dog-haven?member=1560512 ) open in hopes of raising money to help pay for their veterinarian expenses.

Samantha Beach

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Wife, Dog Mom & Rescuer raising money to help pay vet care https://www.gofundme.com/tr796d-dog-haven?member=1560512, likes to laugh, coffee, and the beach.