For more than 15 years my life was made whole by…
a set of four little white paws
a pair of spiky ears
two smiling eyes
one black sniffy nose
a rumbling snore
a fierce bigger-than-she-really-was bark that rivaled every dog in the neighborhood
dozens of black polka-dots on pink (except for on her ears, you could really only see them when she was wet :-)
a constant flurry of white fur falling like confetti at a birthday party
a stumpy wagging tail
a million wet kisses
she was my girl
my Rat Terrier
Every good and perfect gift is from above. ~ James 1:17
And even though my heart is so very broken by her passing, I know in my heart that she lived the wonderful life that was intended for her—nothing more, nothing less. I give thanks each and every day that she was put into my life and that we had such happy times together.
How do you say goodbye? How do you ever move on?
I don't know yet.
But some things do help…
Justin R Visser Stone Engraving made this memorial stone for me. He is such an awesome nice guy to work with and went the extra mile to make it perfect for me. I couldn't bring myself to put an end date—and in truth there isn't one—she'll always be with me, in my heart forever.
Doggone Tags made this special memento for me. I hung it together with a polymer charm I made and a silver heart. Yes, they're on a dog collar. Pepper's little red collar. It's a bit ironic really—my Pepper rarely ever wore her collar, and if ever I left it on her longer that absolutely necessary she let me know with a funny grimace and vigorous scratching… and since she seldom wore a collar, she never had a name tag—she didn't need any reminder of where she belonged—but if she would have tolerated a collar, I would have bought her a beautiful handmade tag.
And then there's you. You have helped me so so much! Thank you all from the very bottom of my heart for your kind sympathies, and for sharing your stories, and for your love and virtual hugs. My heart still aches and tears still fall daily and some days it feels like she just passed away yesterday, but you have brought me so much comfort and healing.
Thank you, thank you, dear friends.
And slowly, slowly, I'm trying to get back to creating. I need to keep busy…
If there ever comes a time when we can't be together, keep me in your heart. I'll stay there forever. ~ Winnie the Pooh
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened. ~ Dr Seuss
… and so I try…