As I pass from this life to the next, the one thing that keeps coming to my mind is that I thank God that he chose the family I had. I could not have had a better family to be a part of. I was never treated as a dog or even as a pet, but as an integral member of a wonderful family. Whatever situation that arose, if I wasn't welcomed, you weren't going.
I remember the day that my "brother and sisters" came to get me. I saw the car come into the driveway. I was hiding. I was the runt of the litter. When I saw them come up to the porch, I told myself that is the family I want to live with and raced up to them. I was not gonna let the other puppies have a chance. Evidently they felt the same way because they didn't hesitate to pay for me and rush me home.And when I got there, my new Mom and Dad were waiting. I believe we mutually fell in love with each other right away. Thank you God!
I remember being treated better than the human children. I know I was special. I had a special Sunday breakfast every week. I got treats for waking up, going to bed, and doing my business. I always had toys to play with, a special chair to lay in and a blanket for cover. I got to sleep with Mom and Dad every night in a real bed. Thanks Dad for letting me sleep against you every night. I always felt safe while sleeping. Thanks Mom for taking me out on walks even though I sometimes want to go. And thank you for always keeping my food and water bowls full.
I guess I can admit to a few things now. Yes Amanda, it was me who go into your food stash. Candy, chips, and gum are pretty good. Amanda, you gave me my middle name: Lynn. When I heard Lady Lynn, I knew I was in trouble, but we always managed to work things out.
And then came the worst day of my life. An intruder!! What the Hell is a Daisy? What the Hell were Mom and Dad thinking? Was I being replaced? Did I do something wrong? I got scared and jealous. I hated you Daisy, but then I realized I was getting older and they wanted me to show you the ropes. Sorry I didn't do too good a job. Best thing was you were very young and very wild. I could do things and you would get the blame. Sorry Daisy, I should have treated you better, it was nothing personal.
Rowdy, little brother, I'm sorry we only got to spend 6 months together. You are a wonderful little dog, just like me and Daisy, you are an integral part of a wonderful family. I know you will have a great life with Mom and Dad. Please make them proud of you. And "little bro" it was very loving and thoughtful of you to let me spend eternity wrapped in your blanket. I will cherish it's warmth and your love. Thank you so much Rowdy.
I have too many great memories to mention them all here. We had 13 years together and I cherish them all.
Mom and Dad, I want to express a special thank you to you. You let me go under my terms and with dignity. I will always cherish that last night together. Right after supper that last night, I went into a coma. You hugged me, petted me and thanked me for being a member of the family. I felt both Daisy and Rowdy touch my nose with theirs. Even in a coma I could still feel the love and the good-byes. You carried me upstairs and laid me on the bed with my blanket. During the night I passed on, all warm and comfortable, just like any other night. I wouldn't have it any other way.
I know all of you are sad and I have seen you shed tears for me. On one paw I am sad not to be with you, on the other paw I am glad to be here in Heaven. I work tirelessly each day helping God to prepare places for each and every member of my family. Yes, even you Daisy.
I will close with the same thought I started with: Thank you God for the family you chose for me!!!