Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Not without Kleenex

Black Dog 2000-2012
It's never easy to lose someone you care about.  And, in this studio, the black dog was the anchor of the operation, the steady alpha, who made sure things were in order.  She was with us for 12 years (that's 84 human years, and 12 bazillion orange balls), and with heavy hearts we laid her to rest on Saturday, March 23rd, due to a liver problem.

Brown Dog 1998-2008
It's been a tough few days, and I'm struggling with the reminder of the impact these precious souls have in our lives, having recently lost a 10 year companion (the brown dog) in 2008.  Their quiet presence in your space, okay, sometimes loud, but for the most part, a family member that knows when and how to blend in.  Most people around you, come and go as you travel the years - but that constant companion is the one that has experienced everything with you, absorbing your ups and downs with a constant wag and pondering eyes.  Sure, they may be just hungry, but I have come to believe that they 'get us' and offer us their sense of calm to navigate the stresses of everyday life.

Blonde Dog
We are extremely lucky that Sonney (the blonde dog), who found us just this past December, has been around for our transition to a one dog family again.  He may be an eight year old, oblivious boy, but, he has been helpful without effort, just being himself.  Sometimes, the intersections of life seem coincidental, or we can call it good timing - but that Sunday "on a whim" trip to L.A.W.S in December was an important event that is helping us (especially the six year old apprentice) get through this heartbreak.

Chasee and Cosmo
I know many of you met Cosmo, either as a family friend, or as a visiting client.  She was always eager to welcome the new visitors to the studio, because it meant extra attention for her (of course!), so I know you share some of our pain, and we appreciate your condolences.  We will never be the same, but, we do know all dogs go to heaven, and, as fisher says "that's where we are going, so we can all be together again one day"

We are four paws quieter today.  Give yours an extra squeeze :-)

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