Last night I was reminded again how very short the time is that we have with our dogs. One of our students, who also happens to be a long-time friend, lost her very young dog suddenly. The vets think she may have had epilepsy (no symptoms until last night, so undiagnosed). Jade was an Australian Shepherd and was only a little over a year old. Last month, our neighbors lost their beloved Bichon Frise when she broke her leash and was hit by a school bus in the street. Bianca also was very young, about 2 years old.
I am sad about these losses. But I hope I can learn from them. I need to remember to spend time with those I love whenever I can. I need to appreciate the little things in life -- the cold, wet noses, the "I love you more than anything else" looks, the stares as I sit at my computer just a little too long. I need to remember the quote that is something like, "dogs aren't our whole lives, but they make our lives whole" (Roger Caras maybe? I apologize if I have misquoted or wrongly attributed the quote).
Our dogs are with us such a short time in the scheme of things. Make the best of that time.
Rest in Peace Jade, Bianca, and all the beloved dogs at the Rainbow Bridge. We love you and we miss you!