Sam and I let our sweet Australian Shepherd go this morning and it was harder than we could have ever imagined. Can you ever be fully prepared for a loss like this? I definitely wasn’t ready for him to go…and it’s kind of hard to believe he is gone, it will probably be awhile before it fully sinks in.
I still think I should see him lying in his favorite spot in the hallway, where he could best see Sam and I running around the house so busy. I still think he should be riding in the back seat of the car whenever we are driving somewhere, or that I’ll wake up to his happy face with his doggy breath in mine.
We knew it was time, and there was no better way for him to go. I’m thankful that he was ours, and that he lived a long, good life. And that he got to go with Sam and I by his side… I’ll forever cherish the soul that God blessed us with in this life and all of the memories we made. He was the best and most loyal, loving, character of a companion. He was our little boy and we’ll always love him and he’ll always have a special place in our hearts.
When I think of him, I’ll see him running free on the beach. I’ll think of him jumping high and all of is little quirks. I’ll think of him barking at airplanes and chasing squirrels. I’ll see him sitting with his paws so politely crossed and staring into our eyes with love. I’ll miss the way he would jump onto the bed and lay his head on top of mine. And the way he would so loyally guard us. He was the best companion we could have ever asked for, and he will be so greatly missed.
This is a poem that a kind and wise lady in her late 80’s shared with me awhile back at a Bible study (and it’s by her),I hope she doesn’t mind me sharing it, I think it’s fitting for our day…and the weather.
“In Defense of Rain”
Is there life after knowing what’s wrong –
But, Adam and Eve –
They, somehow, lived on.
Yes, there is life after feeling the pain –
In the following ways –
Eternity with Him –
And, here, in living all our days.
For the sunshine, so sublime –
Needs to be followed by the rain –
To enjoy the fullness of this life –
And, eternity as gain.
For, though the radiance gives us bliss –
The showers are His sweetest kiss –
Without each one we would die –
And, still, as dry ground, we would lie.
But, with both, the bright and clouds, our lives are full –
And, though weighted down by burdens we must pull –
Those things which cause us painful strife –
Are the very necessary “rain” of life.
Shared with the Bible Study
Alice I. Draving, Ph.D.