|Posted on March 15, 2016 at 11:05 AM|
Today's walkabout was to honor my sister's dog Abbey--Abbey's ashes were scattered in the backyard by the dog-bench Sunday, laid to rest among the trees and wonderfully swampy preserve bordering my sister's new house near the Inland Waterway south of Wilmington, NC. The walk was to honor Abbey--and Gus, who 'passed along' March 2014--and ALL THE INCREDIBLE DOGS that have been a part of our lives over a time span of 50+ years. Little did we know that this week we would face yet the letting go that becomes necessary of yet another of our MAGICAL GUIDES, sweet, sweet Cap...Cap't. Morgan, black lab extraordinaire--Robbie's BFF companion and sidekick. Cap has a tumor on his heart. What lies ahead is uncertain, but likely he will be with us, now, a lesser time than in our hearts we would hope for...Life IS Uncertain! Our passing is inevitable and of unknown timing...It's just that OUR dogs (and all creatures great and small) are FAMILY--I believe they enter our lives to teach us to trust and love, to heal us, to awaken within us the dreams we hold close--
We (of the Allen Clan) have been fortunate to have shared our stories and our experiences with some of the best dogs ever--Amber, Tippy, Queenie, Niki, Sandy, Welshie, Sam, Gus, Abbey, dogs who touched not only OUR lives but the lives of so many others...
And Some of the Best are among us Yet--Woodrow, Sis, Annie, Salty, Scout, NatNat, and Cap!! Why I ramble is that I think DOGS teach us to LIVE IN THE MOMENT! To hold fast to the idea that Life IS Uncertain, that to Love, to Enjoy, and to Get Back Up and Go Forward until You Just Can't is the Best Medicine Ever. Simply. Playfully. Zestfully. There's a Bone at the End of the Rainbow!