I want to thank you, Dear Friends, for your
kind and caring expressions of sympathy
for the loss of our rescue dog, Champ.
Reading all of your kind words has helped so much,
and makes me realize, once again,
how very Dear you all are to me.
You are a community of the most thoughtful,
lovely, empathetic people and it is
the one reason I love to blog.
I know that losing a pet is not the most world
shaking event in the scheme of things,
and that a pet can never equal the loss and
pain that occurs with family members,
or the daily struggle of those dealing
with serious health issues and
But you have extended your love and kindness,
for this small grief, sharing your own
personal experiences to ease the sadness.
For that I am most humbly grateful.
I think what touches us most about our pets is
their capacity for unconditional love, loyalty,
patience, and their silent long suffering.
Most of all, I think it is their innocence
and openness that captures our hearts.
All qualities that we, as humans,
find so difficult to sustain,
except for those in the sainthood.
It is the loss of this innocence that effects us
so deeply when we lose these
It is this that we recognize as the common
bond we share as pet owners,
and what makes us kindred spirits.
I know some of you have expressed concern over Whitey,
in the loss of his best friend, once again.
He is definitely grieving, and we are doing all we can
to help him along. He is doing the same for us.
We have brought in reinforcements in the form
of these two little sweetie-pies - Weenie Baby
and Peanut, my daughter's mini-dachshunds.
They have been frequent house-guests over the years,
and once again, they will be having an extended
stay here, as my daughter is preparing to move
in as a room-mate, to save for a home of her own
for a few months, and can't take these little ones with her.
They are a wonderful distraction and companions
for Whitey at this time, and they all get along
It is a blessing for me, too, having these little
charmers to cheer up my days.
They bring some happiness to our morning walks,
as this was a favorite activity for Whitey
Whitey has most definitely lost his enthusiasm,
but I am hoping in the next few weeks that these
little bundles of activity will help bring him around.
Of course, we will have to find him a companion
eventually, but for now we can't even begin
to think of replacing Champ.
We also have this little character to keep us company -
Ling Ling, my Dear Mother's cat,
who is always full of mischief.
We took her jingly bell collar off because she has
no protection from those wild things with Champ gone
(until Whitey recovers and is interested in going outside once again).
I hope the birds watch out, but luckily she hates the cold and wet
weather and mostly stays inside.
As does Miss Maggie, who wouldn't think of getting her
little toes wet and stays burrowed in the blankets
until spring arrives.
Like all cats, they keep us entertained!
And then there is this guy - Birdy Boy,
the cockatiel, who shares my time
in between, especially when I am blogging,
as the computer is in 'his room'.
Here he is taking a peek out the window
on a furlough from his cage.
What would we do without these sweet, innocent
companions we take into our hearts?
If only they could live forever.
I want to thank you all, once again, for your kindness
and compassion. All of your words have helped
to mend a broken heart.
A special thanks to Claudia for sharing the 'Rainbow Bridge'
with me and my readers.
It gives all of us as animal lover's, hope.
I will be taking a short break
and hope to return soon
with a stitched together, mended heart.