Monday, November 8, 2010

Death Of A Friend

     I have not posted anything since last week because I have been in mourning.   We lost our beloved pet and friend, Ladydog, last Monday.  It was a crazy chain of events that led to her death.  It was as if each thing had to happen for her to die as she did.  As I look back, I know that she was meant to go.  As a Christian, I believe that even the death of a pet is held in God's hands, and He allowed it to happen.  
     I have been utterly stunned by how her death affected me.  I didn't realize how much she was a part of our lives.  Also the tragic way her life ended haunted me.   She suffered for almost 7 hours in the back of a moving vehicle alone in a cage, while we were trying desperately to get her back so we could get her some medical help.  But by the time we got her, it was too late.    I cried and cried the first night.  I woke up looking like I had hit a Mack truck with my face.  I forgot to eat.  I would start crying again at the strangest things.  These were things  that probably annoyed me about her the day before her death, but were now precious to me.  I even refused to vacuum my bedroom so I could look at all the hair she left in her favorite spot. 
    I have found that some of the most comforting words have been others who have shared their loss of a precious pet.  Knowing that others have experienced the same feelings is a balm to my soul.  So instead of commenting on this blog, I wanted to open the comments to others to pay tribute to their wonderful pets who have passed.  You never know how your tribute might touch another friend. 
Some great quotes I found:
"You think dogs will not be in heaven?  I tell you, they will be there long before any of us." Robert Louis Stevenson
"Dogs lives are too short.  Their only fault, really."  Agnus Sligh Turnbull
 "If you get to thinking you're a person of some influence, try ordering someone else's dog around." Will Rogers

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