I recently read a blog entry by my friend and author, Ann Gabhart and I responded with this entry:
Dogs have always been a part of my life. As a child, I had two special friends who were of the "dog persuasion" and before my husband and I were ever blessed with our daughter, we had several dogs to receive our love and enjoy the benefits of being our babies. As I write this, I am "Dogless"; my beloved Buddy died 8 years ago and his mother, our beloved Bridget, died a few weeks before my Dad so I grieved for both of them. People who aren't animal lovers would think it strange that I mention the deaths of a dog and my father in the same breath. The depths and qualities of my grief were certainly different but I did feel both losses very deeply.
As we begin our Memorial Day weekend, or "Decoration Day" as I always knew it, I will go to the cemetery to place flowers on my Dad's grave and REMEMBER and CELEBRATE the wonderful man and father he was. Now, because of your blog, I will also remember Bridget, Buddy and all of the other dogs I have known and loved!
Memorial Day is a wonderful time to remember ALL of our loved ones!