Tribute: A Girl’s Best Friend

Our beloved fur child and cocker spaniel passed from this life today at home.  She was coughing the past couple of days before I departed on Thursday. The vets had talked about a heart murmur that was perhaps getting worse.

Now she has trotted along the rainbow bridge to a new home. So glad that I have her photos with me.

Now I’m halfway across the country, in Sedona at a retreat with Susan Castle and Paul Bauer. So I received the news from home by telephone.

The powerful heart essence work that we do in the retreats with Susan and Paul is a perfect sacred container for the grieving that I will be doing for the loss of my boon companion and familiar, the little black dog who was my constant shadow for her nearly 12 years with our family.

I am blessed in so many ways, and I want to express my gratitude for the fact that I was sharing breakfast with my friend Kate McGovern at the moment the phone call came. Perhaps part of me sensed something. Or perhaps it’s just that we are, all of us, vulnerable. Anything can happen at any time.

The trust in those liquid brown eyes…oh my. The faithful devotion. The beloved member of the family who walked on four legs instead of two. She enjoyed a very good life and grew up with a family who found her one late summer day at the Anti-Cruelty Society. She found a home and love, and she gave equally in return.

Rest in Peace dear one. May you dig up peanuts and roll in luxurious grass to your heart’s content. Your pawprints are seared into our hearts.