Earlier this week, a friend I met online because of Greyhounds sent me a message to let me know that her Greyhound had passed away. She is heartbroken, as we all are when the time comes for our loved ones to leave us. What made it doubly hard for her was that she’d been away from home for a couple of months and he passed away while she was gone. I truly felt for her, a person who lives around the world for me, but who I feel a kinship with because of our dogs. It made me think about our own dogs and the “always kiss me goodnight” rule.
Lately, I’ve been busier than usual and getting home a little later. Coming home is a double edged sword. On one hand, I’m thrilled to finally be home and with my husband and the dogs again. On the other hand, I feel guilty because I was away from home longer than usual.
I especially feel guilty about being away from Bunny. She is so sweet to me when I get back and always makes it known that I am her preferred person. At night, she’s been snuggling a little closer and in the morning, she’s spent a little more time being cuddly. In her world, there is contentment as long as I have some time for affection for her. The truth is, I feel better when I do get to be affectionate with her, too.
I am terribly sorry about our friend’s loss, but I am also thankful for the reminder that we need to cherish our moments together. It’s never too late to realize that the small things in life were really the big ones. In George’s honor, we’ll spend a little extra time enjoying the small things in life together this weekend, and I hope that you’ll take a minute to cherish some special time with your dog, too.