First I’d like to say thank you for all those kind words over the loss of my long time dog friend. It really means a lot to me.
I do have more I need to say about my connections with Lady Long.
I think that this one is harder for me, mostly because she was the last pet we had that was still alive before my son died.
I have memories of the two of them playing on the floor, he a large man child and she a wee puppy. She would win the day, mostly because the uncontrollable laughter she created in him. I would remember that when I’d look at her many times over the years. And now that connection too is gone.
They are only dogs, pets, playthings, you say? Hardly! Is my reply.
They are roots to ground us, laughter to lighten us, repetition to mellow us, love to carry us, faithful to sooth us, mates to fill our souls.
Sure it takes time to walk them, money to feed and keep them healthy, and energy to clean up after them. But what they give to us is so much more than we give them.
If you have never had that with a pet, I feel as sorry for you as I am hurting at the loss of it right now. It is a wonderful thing.
It is why we hurt so much when they are gone. They leave a mighty hole in your life when they are no longer there.
But life does move on. I will feel better as the days move forward. I may even get another pet. But there will always be a piece of my heart only for my Lady Long.
PS: I’ll try to be in a lighter mood tomorrow.