Ode to a good dog

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

Anatole France

We’ve been wandering a bit close to the proverbial bone in these parts of late.

We always think we have more time…..

Once upon a time, we went for one puppy, and came home with two.

We didn’t really intend to, it just happened.  And it was perfect.

River was the unexpected one.  And he lived a life of such heart….

“If you’ve been thinking you’re all that you’ve got,
Then don’t feel alone anymore.
When we’re together, then you’ve got alot,
‘Cause I am the river and you are the shore.”

“Winding and swirling and dancing along,
We pass by the old willow tree”

“And it goes on and on, watching the river run,
Further and further from things that we’ve done,
Leaving them one by one.
And we have just begun watching the river run.
Listening and learning and yearning.
Run, river, run.”
Iris and River have been together from the beginning.  Though not litter mates, they came home to us as a pair and have been inseparable.  We will have to keep an eye on our old girl now, and give her some extra love and attention and patience.  Tonight, before River left us, she crawled into bed with him, as she’d done a thousand times before…..
Within an hour or so after that, he was gone.  He had had a stroke in the afternoon, but seemed ok.  Sure we are used to seizures in Iris and maybe with a little rest he’d be fine.  But alas, he slipped away peacefully.  For this peaceful passing we are deeply grateful, but it will be a long while yet until his presence has truly left our home.
Rest in Peace sweet pup.  Run, River, run.

13 thoughts on “Ode to a good dog”

    1. He really did. And he will he so sorely missed. Especially by tony and jack who both loved the longer walks with him. These dogs. They do take a piece of ours hearts when the leave don’t they?

  1. Such a sweet memorial for a lovely and loyal friend . River made a great family member as well. May your grief be eased by his wonderful memories. Hugs all around!❤️

    1. Thanks Deborah. Hug your Coco. We are loving up on our lot as well. Extra slow, sniffy walkies and a few extra treaties all around.

  2. Dearest Amy,
    I am so sorry for this loss of your dear and loyal River. The vacuum they leave behind is tangible, a tear in the energy field of our homes. Sending love.

  3. So very sweet. I’m feeling very sad about your loss… and thinking of those special friends I’ve had to say goodbye to along the way. Love you, Amy.

  4. Oh Amy. These passings are so hard. We love our four legged family members unconditionally and they us. I am so sorry for this loss to your family. Your post was a wonderful tribute.
    Penny

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