September 24th 2009 6:02 am
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There have been many dogs that have walked through my Mom's life. I know she loved them all, but I know nobody can ever take my place. I own a piece of her heart. She carries me with her wherever she goes.
I did a good job picking out Lucy for Mom, don't you think? She may look a little like me, but she's all girl. She has her own personality and smile. It took a long time for Mom to stop crying after I crossed the rainbow bridge. I think it hit her hard because because I left her so suddenly. I was so healthy and full of life one minute, and so sick the next.
Mom was so careful with my dry and canned dog food, and checked and rechecked my favorite brands, to be sure they weren't on the list of foods contaminated in the China dog food scandal. It never occurred to her that my dog treats could be contaminated. After I crossed over, Mom had to be a super-sleuth to get to the bottom of things. My brand of treats mysteriously disappeared off the grocery shelves was her first clue. It was hard to find out who actually made them (they were bought at one of those big discount warehouse chains). Eventually, Mom found the manufacturer, lot number, and discovered that yes, the treats were contaminated. Mom wanted to go after the manufacturer and make them pay for what they've done not only to me, but so many other poor souls who crossed the rainbow bridge too soon. At first, Mom's emotions were too raw; then Dad has his own medical emergencies Mom had to take care of. She figures too much time has passed to do anything about it. Mom still worries about the safety of everyone's food -- dogs, cats, and people! We pray that the industry learned it's lesson and that this tragedy will never happen to anyone again.
Heaven is a cool place. Everyone gets along. We all have our own packs. We are united by the people who loved us. I was happy when my best pal, George crossed over. I was sad for Mom, but luckily Lucy needed her attention and helped her mourn less.
Not all people don't know this, but every animal that comes into your life has something to teach you. Not everybody listens with their heart. But if you meditate on it, you will know the special gifts each one has given you. I gave my Mom unconditional love. Sure I loved my whole family, but we had a special bond that will never be broken.
P.S. My Mom just uploaded my tribute video again. She had it posted on Dogster quite a while ago, but it had to be removed because of the music copyright. Mom removed the song from it last night and reposted it. If you can, watch it while listening to Patti LaPone's song, "Heaven."
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