Born 7/2005 - Died 2/2016
By, Toni Smothers
This is a very personal message today because I am unable to write a normal devotion today, or about anything else: I am dealing with anger over the senseless death of my sweet puppy, but even more than being mad at the veterinarian who misdiagnosed her, thereby facilitating her critical condition, I am just incredibly, inconsolably sad. I am so full of grief that it feels more like physical pain. I've cried long hours until I feel ill, without any relief from my mourning. I just keep seeing her in my mind's eye doing all the things she did throughout the ten and a half years that I was delighted to be her best friend.
Princess was a five-pound mama's girl who stuck to me throughout the day with such determination, I'd often have to move all of my books and computer papers away so that she could somehow squeeze in next to me in my chair, just under my laptop. She was relentless about being right next to me. Her love was unconditional and she always wanted to be my companion, even when I would get impatient with her constant demands on my attention. But, when my husband was busy, or gone for hours, she was always there to keep me company.
When I'd come home, Princess would run past my husband and make a bee-line right for me. As the saying goes, “I wish I were half the person my puppy thinks I am” - Correction: thought I was. She, on the other hand, was even more than you'd think a tiny little dog could be. She had the sweetest, gentlest spirit that you could imagine, full of love and sunshine - Always kissing, wagging and celebrating how happy she was just to be with me. Oh, how my heart breaks for the loss of my beloved friend.
I hope you never lose a treasured pet. but if you do, I hope you have friends like I do that will always let you vent your pain. Please, won’t you say a prayer for me today?