This past Friday we lost a friend. We lost a true companion that has been by our side for ten amazing years. Zoe was our baby, but there is no denying she’s been a daddy’s girl from day one.
From the moment Neil picked her up in Cottageville and brought her chunky little butt home, she’s been a loyal friend by his side. She was always up for an adventure when times were good. And she was always there to provide unconditional love when times were bad. To say they had a special bond is an understatement. Although they couldn’t speak the same language, they shared this innate ability to understand one another on a deeper level. One that negates the need for words. As much as I love and cherish Zoe, our relationship never came close to the one she shared with Neil. They were the very best of friends.
We know that only time with heal this pain. We have lost a great friend and the reality that we can never pet her sweet face again still stings with rawness. We know in time, we will rejoice in her memory and be grateful for the joy she gave us. But until then, it’s okay for us to be sad. It’s okay for us to cry. We’ll find comfort in hugging each other and our big furry boys. And this week for Neil’s birthday, we decided we’ll spend the day going through the countless photos we have of that pretty girl and put together a memory book. We can’t think of a better way to remember all the good times we shared with her.
A few final words… Don’t forget to hug your dog today. And take some time, if only for 10-15 minutes, to play with your furry friends today. You mean the world to them. I know we live such busy and often stressful lives these days, but I promise that nothing will bring you joy like a simple game of fetch with your best friend.
“Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.”