We made several treks outside throughout the night for emergency potty breaks. Each time her sweet nuzzling to wake me was like a tiny little arrow. I adore how sweet and gentle she is. I adore how smart and loving she is. And it breaks my heart to be repeating the all too frequent story of her not feeling well.
I lay awake for a long while after the first trip outside. As always, my mind passed over the options on what I can do to help and what may be causing this most recent upset. Unfortunately I know that she is getting to an age where things begin to change. It has been a rough year for her. And though I do not like to think about it, I know she will not be around forever.
Despite my concern, and yes even some tears, I would like to focus on gratitude this morning. I am so grateful for this beautiful, loving dog. I'm grateful for the last twelve years together and I'm grateful for any more years that we will be blessed to share. I'm grateful for her tender nature. I'm grateful for the day I met her and how I knew right from the start that she was perfect. I'm grateful for all her silly antics and the occasional burst of puppy energy that still shows up. I'm grateful to remember the big moments that reflect her personality so well, like when she caught a squirrel only to lay down, licking and gently grooming it.
I'm grateful for all the joy and laughter she has brought into my life. And I'm even grateful for those moments of sadness that remind me just how deeply I care for her. I'm grateful to be met at the door when I return home from work. And I'm grateful for her gentle alerts that something is wrong. I'm grateful for every day I have with her.
Have you had a pet that entwined itself in your heart strings? Have you known the unconditional love that dogs give so well?
May today remind us all to be grateful for each moment we have with the ones we love. May our beloved pets be watched over and protected in love. Have a beautiful day!