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It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged because on November 30, 2015 I lost a piece of my soul.  My beautiful Scooty let me know that night that she was done fighting kidney disease and we said goodbye to her at the vet’s office.  It’s been more than 4 months, but writing this, I feel the pain of her death like it was yesterday.  Just 10 months earlier, we lost our Lil Tanya  at age 17, to congestive heart failure.  I have cried an ocean of tears.  Just when I find myself remembering a memory with fondness instead of grief, I’ll be knocked down by a tidal wave of sadness.  I spent nearly an entire day last month crying on the couch.  Grief is exhausting.  One of the reasons I was able to eventually get up off the couch is because my husband has been almost unreasonably understanding.  I introduced him to Scooty and Lil Tanya when they were still  young pups and I remember him telling me later that he knew how big a step it was for me.  He witnessed firsthand my deep connection to The Girls and over the next decade or so, formed his own bond with them.

When other people were like, “Enough with the dead dog posts already”, the Hubs understood.  When, months later, I was still sleeping with Scooty’s favorite blanket, he understood.  Ditto when I sobbed after donating Scooty’s dog bed.  Not everyone, unfortunately, is as supportive.  I have to say that the worst thing anyone could ever say to someone who has lost a beloved pet is, “It’s just a dog” (or cat, etc.).  One thing those people don’t factor in is that pets love 100% unconditionally every single day of their lives, something humans just aren’t capable of.  No animal will ever remember past hurts or feel resentful.  They will never leave you or ever tell a lie.  Those are powerful gifts which create an unbreakable bond.  I feel terrible for anyone who hasn’t experienced the pure love of a pet and that helps me forgive those individuals who believe that I’ve lost “Just a dog.”  I will take my time grieving the loss of my sweet Girls and hope with all my heart that someday we will meet again.

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