Sunday, August 31, 2008

Good-bye to an old friend

Our dog Molly with Claire, a great niece (2006)

Earlier this year we made the hard decision to put our dog to sleep after a long, slow decline and irreversible health problems. Molly was more than a pet, she was a member of our family for 14 years. She was a beautiful Beagle that brightened our lives. She was always happy to see us and was with us through all the ups and downs that life brings. My Dad was a dog lover all of his life and after having a major stroke that left him aphasic and partially paralyzed, he seemed to especially enjoy Molly's visits. No language is needed to communicate with a dog and their love is unconditional.

So this weekend we finally gave Molly her freedom and buried her cremated remains in the back yard, beyond where the fence that she was always escaping was (until recently), in a nice spot under a tree. For the past 4 months we've had a little shrine to Molly on the top of our entertainment center; her urn, picture, and collar. Visitors thought it was a little creepy, but it was our way of paying tribute to a beloved family member. All dogs go to heaven and I hope to make it there myself someday and be greeted by all these 4-legged friends who have blessed my life.


Tez said...

Harold and Watson our two dogs before Abe have a place on the speakers next to the TV along with their favorite toy, leashes and colars. It feels right for them to be with us in the house even though like you said some might think that is a little creepy but it is what feels right for us.
You will rejoin Molly in time and she will come running to your open arms.

Anonymous said...

I share your pain Cathy.
Mine is still so recent it took me two days before I could even respond without getting emotional.
Thinking about all the good times helps, and there were many many good times!

Ham(m)er said...

It sounds like you found a very fitting place for Molly to rest. Dogs are such amazing animals. I think that you've paid a wonderful tribute to your friend.