It is with a heavy heart I must tell readers that we lost Odie this week. He was doing well while we were away and then this past weekend he began to deteriorate. It was as though he waited for us to return before saying goodbye. By Thursday he was in pain, couldn’t stand and had stopped eating. We knew it was time to act. He went peacefully in my arms with a loving staff of veterinarians and vet nurses. He was happy up to the last minute. Everyone was fussing over him and he seemed relaxed.
It is lovely we can show such kindness to animals in their last moments but not so humans yet in this country. The time is coming but it is not here yet.
I have a Japanese maple tree in our front yard. When we lose a loved pet I hang a bell in it as a memorial to that wonderful animal. When the wind blows I can hear the small tinkling sound of the bells. Odie and I used to sit on the porch every night in the dark after he did his business. He would come up the stairs and sit with me for a moment and often we would hear the bells. Now he has his own bell hidden in the green leaves of summer.
I can sit in my reading chair in the bedroom, with the window open and often hear the bells. It causes me to pause and remember some funny memory from the pets we have loved over the past 30 years. There are now seven bells in the tree.
Before long we will contact the Dog’s Home and offer to foster any puppies they may have that are not old enough to be adopted, with a view to giving one a home. If that doesn’t work out we will wait for a puppy to become available. We have given many animals who needed rehoming new lives and this will continue as long as we live. We are looking forward to new adventures with another goofball. We miss Odie so very much but he had everything a dog could ever want and he would want this for future pets. Our work was finished. His kindness always shone through above all else to other animals. So, don’t feel sad. This is all part of life and all any of us can ever do is be kind to the animals we meet and the people that await introduction.