Yesterday, our Buddy arrived at the end of his nearly 15-year journey
and crossed over the rainbow bridge. To say there is a hole in our hearts at the moment is a gross understatement. But, we have to remember that Buddy touched us as he did so many others he met on his journey. He leaves lessons and a life well-lived.
Years ago I read Tuesdays with Morrie the story of a dying professor and one of his past students. The reader is taken on the emotional journey of Morrie’s slow demise. There were moments of humor, tears, and life lessons. The author, Mitch Albom, weaves a tapestry of life with meaning.
In one scene, Albom asked Morrie how he envisioned his final day of life here on earth. While I don’t recall the exact details, I remember that it was simple. A walk in the park, time with friends, hugs with family. And then it would be time. A life well-lived.
Yesterday, our Buddy arrived at the end of his nearly 15-year journey and crossed the rainbow bridge. As often happens with “old age,” Buddy had physically and cognitively slowed down considerably. He could no longer enjoy (or make) his way to the beach. In the last two months it was becoming increasingly evident that he was not going to recover from his many maladies. But his spirit kept him (and us) going.
(Buddy in his younger days.)
Heck, on this past Christmas Day he showed his good nature and neighborliness by dressing up as Santa’s “Rein-dog” to help deliver holiday cheer to our neighbors.
A few years ago on this blog I wrote about lessons that Buddy taught us. The short list:
- Treat each experience as the first.
- Explore often.
- Be curious.
- Smile, greet, repeat.
- Don’t miss a meal—or a snack.
- Bark as needed.
- Pull at the leash.
- Nap as needed.
- Enjoy a massage.
- Unconditionally love.
- Hold no grudges.
- Licks of love.
In his last couple of days, Buddy got to meet and greet his four-legged friends at his favorite renewal hangout (Pooches Playhouse) and spend peaceful time with his family. And we were able to recount and be thankful for the life lessons he taught us. To say there is a hole in our hearts at the moment is a gross understatement. But, we have to remember that Buddy touched us as he did so many others he met on his journey.
Indeed, many lessons taught and a life well-lived.
Make it a great week. And H.T.R.B. as needed.
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