|Barked: Fri Dec 28, '12 11:16am PST |
|Talker, Denny -- your moms said it so well. It was a very, very hard year. Our pack was devastated by the loss of our Ellie, Mom had a big time health scare, and finances remain rocky and uncertain. We grieved for the loss of beautiful Banners and the loss of Mom's best friend's cat, Zipper, who crossed the Bridge at age 21 a month and a half after Ellie. Yet the love and goodness of other people have borne us through, people who Mom has met face-to-face and people who Mom only knows through a computer screen.
Like Mama Laura, Mom has found comfort in others who love their animal family members deeply, and has given comfort to those going through the painful transition of loss. A month after Ellie went to the Bridge, there was a fostering need for a scared older BRAT girl, Ivee, newly sprung from a shelter in the LA area. In her mind, Mom did not want to do it, did not want some other B even suggest the appearance of taking Ellie's place, but her heart compelled her to do it for the sake of Ivee, for the sake of Tag and me, in honor of Ellie, and lastly, to help focus herself. Though Ivee and I do not get along well enough for her to become part of our pack, she has been a godsend in helping us all heal a bit more than we might have otherwise. Ellie is still 100% present in our hearts, but Ivee is reminding us that love continues, life continues, and we must move forward.
Sheena, our pack sends our very best wishes toward whatever your mom is dealing with right now.
Mom really likes the idea of the burning ritual. Perhaps she can do one for Ellie along with Auntie Melanie doing one for Zipper in Auntie Melanie's fireplace.
Love and blessings from our pack to all BRATZ! May 2013 be a year of peace and prosperity in all its guises.
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