Reading this post today, The Memory of Joy in Present Grief, reminded me of our family dog who was put to sleep when I was in college. When Gretchen passed, she carried with her a multitude of memories from my childhood.
Our hearts grow bigger when we receive the unconditional love of an animal. During my early years, our beautiful dog was truly my best friend. Gretchen made the painful parts of my childhood bearable. Conversely, she made my joyful moments more jubilant.
I can remember her licking the tears from my cheeks when I cried.
I can remember her running in “figure 8’s” on the front lawn when I clapped my hands in excitement.
I can remember running with her and feeling complete and utter abandonment.
I strongly encourage you to read the post written by MacKenzie Kincaid linked here and above. If you are a “dog person,” you’d better get the tissues ready first…
Please share any memories of your beloved “best friends” you may have.