Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Challenges of Writing a Post...Cassie, Bobo and Remembering a Friend...

One day I was in the middle of sitting at the laptop, looking over my lists of recipes and ideas, cooking, and reading some of my cookbooks.  It ended up being very trying, as every time I turned around, Cassie would be exactly where "I" wanted to be.  When you have an animal, if you're like me, they are your world, and in turn, you are their world.  A friend of mine had to put his dog to sleep recently, and even though I didn't know him that long, and had never met his dog, I felt very badly for his loss.  He felt such a sense of emptiness.  So, I made a donation in his dog's name to the Humane Society of Seattle, and they in turn wrote a beautiful letter to him, letting him know that I honored his pet with a donation, and followed with two poignant stories about abandoned animals that were now part of the Society's family.  Even though this is not the direction I was initially going with this story, it just sort of evolved into a tribute to our animals.  I want to share with you part of what I wrote in the card I sent him...some thoughts just stay with us, because for anyone who has lost an animal, I'm sure you have shared some of these feelings.

"What can I say--that he was always a comfort during a bad day without trying to find out why?  That he would smile with you, but he would do it using his tail.  That even if he ruined a piece of your clothing, you knew you could perhaps replace the clothing, but never a friend like that.  Unabashed grief is only fitting during this part of our lives, in honor of something that never asked a thing, but of course, didn't have to.... "

So below are pictures of Cassie, who was one step ahead of me that day.  As you will see, she is either laying on my notes, on my cookbook or on my chair.  She finally got up and being thirsty, tried to get to the water that was in my plastic glass.  After very little success there, she decided to call it a day...on my notes.   Then came Bobo.....

I really don't think anyone knows the meaning of unconditional love, until they have loved an animal...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
















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