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Day 198: Losing a Pet

21 Oct

Apple Pie with Almonds
Earlier this summer, a friend of mine told me that she and her husband had lost their dog to illness. This pet had been a part of their family for so many years and having him suddenly gone continues to be very difficult for them. One of the The hardest things about living with loss is that life continues all around us, and we are expected to move on as well. Even though our hearts ache, the sun continues to rise each day.

Our family lost our dog, Grover, about a year and a half ago. We’d had him for eleven years and he was very much a part of our family. While I knew that he would leave us oneday, I just never thought about “when” that day would come because I knew it would be hard to say goodbye. But even knowing that, I would never have changed my mind about adopting Grover. He brought so much to our family and we’d have missed all that.

Still, there are moments when I tear up just thinking about him. He was a big gentle dog with brown eyes that had a way of melting my heart. I know that my friend’s dog meant the same, or more, to her. I am reminded of a clip I saw of Jimmy Stewart, the actor. He was on the Johhny Carson show in 1981 and he read a poem about his dog. It’s a beautiful tribute to a dear friend.

Today, I baked a “Kickass Apple Pie” and topped it with sugared almonds to give to my friends to let them know that I share their loss and wish them both well.

Grover, me and Coco about 10 years ago

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.
Thomas Campbell

Day 53: Barbara

30 May

Yesterday while we were out for our morning walk we ran into a friend we had not seen in a while. Barbara was out walking her two small dogs and we enjoyed a visit with her in the neighborhood. She introduced us to her dogs, Dixie and Daisy. Daisy is called a “chiweenie” – a mix between a chihuahua and a dachshund. She is a soft ball of fur and practically leapt into my arms. What a little bundle of love! Dixie, her other dog, was rescued from the shelter a few years ago and still is timid around new people.

Sausage and Pepper Quiche

We know what it is like to have a dog that is timid around people. For eleven years, a brown and white mixed breed dog named Grover lived with us. We’d been told that he had been abused and learned that he’d also been “dumped” out of a car and left on his own. When we took Grover home we soon learned that he would run and hide if he heard a man’s voice. It took quite a while before he was able to really relax with us. Even then, I don’t think he was ever able to forget the trauma that he faced before he knew us.

Today I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to Barbara for taking these little dogs into her home and giving them a second chance. I know that they are grateful for her love and kindness.

If you are interested in learning more about pet adoptions in Southern Oregon, please contact the Jackson County Animal Shelter at 541-774-6654.