Many times we do not get such a long goodbye. We never know whose number will get called unexpectedly. When my grandma passed it was sudden and she was young, leaving us all in sad shock. But my dog, Austin, has given me time to prepare. She has been such a trooper.
I believe that we still have connection to those who pass and animals are no different. Often times as I see cardinals it is my reminder that my grandparents' spirits are near, comforting me. I wonder if dogs appear in the same spirit form or if they show up in other ways. Perhaps Austin will wink at me through rainbows. Only time will tell.
For not I am cherishing each day with her. I am carrying her from room to room when necessary just so she knows I'm still here and I wonder if she will choose to pass while we are together or wait until I have gone out for some errand.
I'm grateful for this long goodbye. I'm grateful she has given me time to process the end of life. I'm grateful for all the years we have had together. I'm grateful to have the strength to carry her when she does not have the strength or will to move on her own. I'm grateful for the beautiful times we have shared and I'm grateful for all the love we have given each other. I'm grateful to have the honor of being her human.
Do the people you love know it? Have you taken the time to stop and give love to your pets today?
May today remind us that now is always the best time to tell someone we care. May we cherish the moments we have together. Have a beautiful day!