Love and laughter
“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” ― John Grogan
One year ago today we celebrated the 16th birthday of our Schipperke, Pasha. Though we hoped it would not be his last, we knew it might be. We did not know he would leave us only two months later after a mercifully quick decline. We also had no way of knowing how many of our friends and loved ones would be sharing our grief through the loss of their own dogs during the twelve months to come.
Marlee, Salty, Austin, Maxwell, Molly, and probably others I am forgetting to name — each leave their unique paw prints on the lives and hearts of their families and friends.
As Grogan attests, our dogs bring us closer to other people. We have experienced bittersweet memories of Pasha over the past year as each milestone passes for the first time without him. Our animal-loving friends understand, and knowing that they do, we feel a bond with them that goes beyond the words of consolation we speak to each other.
Such short lives, for them, and for us too. Let’s honor their memory by spreading love and laughter to others, as they did for us.
One year ago today: