As you know, I lost my little Mischief just 2 weeks ago. I wanted to take a moment and thank you for the many cards and emails expressing your sympathy for my loss. I thought this would be a good time to do a short follow up about her.
The day I lost her I knew life would go on, but it would never be the same and so far that has been true. For those of you who may not know, Mischief was a beagle and had been my best friend and constant companion for nearly a decade. She was incredibly smart, incredibly loyal and incredibly stubborn (she knew she could almost always get her way in the end).
I know that just about everyone who has had a pet has had to face the loss of their “special friend” and, in fact, having grown up with a dog in the family from the day I was born, I have had to go through this several times. It is always hard –and I suppose it should be since the feelings and emotions are real. In this case, however, the connection between us was unusually strong and although life really does go on, it has not gotten any easier. The wound closes but never heals.
|Mischief helping Hameed fix dinner|
In the years that passed, they grew to love each other. All I had to do was mention his name and she would run to the window and watch for his car to drive up, her tail in perpetual ‘wag mode’.
Hameed was caught by surprise at her loss and was devastated by it (Mischief had been coughing, off and on, for a couple of weeks but was active and not acting sick until just the last few days). He immediately drove the 30 plus miles to be with me and to help with her funeral. Sharing the grieving has helped both of us get through all of this.
Next month I will begin looking for another pet. I know I can not replace Mischief and that is not what I will try to do. But she will always be the standard every dog I know will be measured against -and that is a very high standard indeed.
For those of you who are dog lovers, may your friends be as trustworthy as your dog –and at least half as loyal.
Long Life and Prosper…..