Broken Wide Open

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As soon as we laid eyes on you
Our hearts rushed in, unprotected,
Held captive by you
With your bright, smiling eyes.

Even with your hair grown long
Like a Highland cow
Those brown, trusting eyes,
“They’re under there somewhere,”
Reflected love.
Unconditional love,

We fed you, watched you grow,
Cheered your every milestone,
Forgave your every transgression,
(Even that time you unraveled
the berber carpet in the bedroom.)

We loved you with wild abandon,
Ignoring the certainty
that some day we’d lose you.

And now you have gone.
And our unprotected hearts
have shattered, quite completely.
Broken wide open with the sudden loss of you.

“Thank you” is all we can say.
Thank you for being our very sweet pup.
Stealer of hearts.
Such a good dog.

Hearts will heal, eventually.
But they will be forever reconfigured
By loving you.

Over the Rainbow Bridge

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Hi friends. I’m sorry to give you some bad news. Jack was feeling sick over the last week with what we thought was tooth pain. Unfortunately it was an aggressive cancer that had invaded his lymph nodes, chest cavity, and abdominal area. It had attached to the spleen and spine. He was declining rapidly over the weekend and when we took him in for X-rays and ultrasound it all came clear. He was very peaceful at the end and he is at rest now. We are sad and quite in shock, but wanted you to know. Jack brought so much joy to us and to the world. His 9th birthday was yesterday, October 21.

Contemplation

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jack at the vet

“Ride in the car?” she said.
Mom put me in the car.
Arya stayed home.
I was so excited.

When the car stopped,
We were at The Vet’s.

I didn’t want to go inside.
There were sounds and smells
I did not like.

We waited a long time.
I got two shots.
(And lots of treats.)

When we got home,
Arya sniffed me all over.
Now,
I shall take a nap.

Report from Camp

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Jack and Arya recently returned from the summer session at Camp Tracy. The following notes were received from the camp director.

~Arya started to get excited when we pulled on my street! She got the first cute little nose prints on my newly cleaned car windows.

~Said was very glad to see them both! There was a lot of hub-bubbing, head butting, and joyful sniffing of the hinter nether regions.

~Jack is on cat patrol as usual. Arya is on planet patrol, or maybe the whole universe even.

~In the a.m., Arya chews on a bone for a while, then licks my face thoroughly, and hops on the couch to sleep at my feet.

~Jack sometimes sleeps right next to me. I hang my hand off the couch and he sort of controls the petting. Butting me with his head, or rubbing under his chin or beside his ears. The boy knows what he wants!

~The dogs seem to play musical dog beds. Sometimes I wake up and Said is in his bed, sometimes Arya and a lot of the time, Jack is.

~Say, Arya is much better about not jumping on me! I actually left my house one day wearing white pants. Not a single paw print.

~I’m driving a friends car. It’s a Prius and very odd for me to drive. The first night I brought it home I was so flustered at turning it off and getting it parked that I left the gate open and let all the dogs out.

Jack went no where. Arya was playing in the dead end circle with Said and came as soon as I called. Hooray!

~Your dogs both have really short tails. Have you noticed that?

~We enjoyed having them. Said is still grumbling about where his pals went and why I won’t wrestle with him the way they do.

Dear Diary

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Dear Diary,

There was LOTS of PMail in that brush pile yesterday. We always stop there to read, but yesterday was THE BEST!!

We read that Mocha and Darla stopped there. And the skinny white cat that stares at us from the top of a car (and thinks we don’t see her, but we do! We just Pretend Not to see her!).

And the usual birds and squirrels had been through just since yesterday.

But, Jack thinks, there’s A New Dog that left some PMail. We ran the sniff test through both our Databases and this is Definitely one we haven’t smelled before.

Mom got tired of standing there while we were doing our analysis, so we’ll have to take it back up today.

Until next time.

Love,

Arya