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.