I am already sad. Remembering all the great friends I had over the years, all those family members. Some of those I was closest to were the pets I’ve had. (Not degrading the people relationships) I will recall a few here but there have been many.
When I lived in Illinois it was on a farm. We had a dog named Sailor who no one paid a lot of attention to. We had an inside dog but Sailor was an outside dog. When our inside dog got out and was run over and killed it was tough but suddenly Sailor began to get a lot of attention from us. He loved it and we loved him.
We had gone on many vacations before and Sailor always sat at home, waiting for our return. But when we started giving him the attention he deserved, and we went on vacation, he suddenly decided to follow us. He was hit by a car and died. He died because he loved us and we had finally loved him back.
I had another dog I called Puppy. He was an Australian Shepherd and after a rough start we became best friends ever. When he got old and could no longer walk, he would drag himself over to be just to be close. I was devastated when he died. He was my best friend. He had a good life, was loved and gave a lot of love back.
I am sure you have such memories yourself. I wish cats and dogs could live out their lives with us… but they can’t and that makes me very sad. The International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories created today. My hope is they didn’t create to just make money because that degrades the memories we have of some of our best friends.
How to celebrate – Remember your pets, but don’t dwell on them, they are still with you in so many ways. Get a pet if you don’t have one. Say a prayer for your friends.