Well, it’s the holiday season, in fact Christmas Eve is tomorrow, and the end of 2018 is nearing. This morning I did a short slide show for my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RESCUEDthebookbyJoanZammit/?ref=bookmarks, that one of my best friends (Jennifer) and I run. Of course it’s all about rescuing, dogs and cats in need of homes and feel good posts. The slide show are pictures of some of my dogs and cats and Jennifer’s dogs, not all of the pets are still with us and pulling up the old photos got me recalling the past.
I was thinking of just last weekend where I was enjoying a night out doing Karaoke with some friends, old and new and an Anne Murray song was sang. I’m not sure why that song ran into my head this morning, but it lead me to think of the time Jennifer and I went to a cottage for week with our then dogs, Chloe and Dupont.
While we were getting ourselves organized we had put the radio on, Anne Murray’s You Needed Me came on. As we unpacked food and listened the lyrics, we both broke down in tears. Not because of the strong bond and friendship we share or because of any other person, but because her dog, Chloe, and my dog, Dupont. They were our rocks and our everything.
As we laughed and cried we talked about how much we needed them and how we would not survive without them. They were only 2 and 3 years old at the time, but still the thought of the inevitable happening one day pained us so.
Well, Dupont passed away almost 4 years ago, Chloe followed 1-1/2 years ago, both events marked days of our lives that neither Jennifer or myself thought we’d survive, but we did, somehow, although those days still feel like yesterday in our hearts.
Life is unpredictable, you can be happy one minute and have a song bring you to tears the next. But while life does have its up and downs it is nice to know that no matter how horrible and painful it can be, in time even the painful memories can bring a smile through our tears.
Happy Holidays in memory of Chloe, Dupont, Jasmine, Buddy and Sabre.