I’m feeling sad today, I just heard that one of the dogs from Annie’s rescue group has passed away. Like Annie, she was a senior girl who survived many years of breeding abuse and neglect.
I think it’s hitting me especially hard because I am out of town right now, and will be for another week. I’ve always known my time with Annie is limited because of her age and this is a reminder that we need to make each day count.
Amber was with her owner for 2 years and had a lovely life with him. He loved her and spoiled her and she learned what a dog’s life should be. Her final meal was a stack of bacon cheeseburgers that she thoroughly enjoyed. Last year she was joined by another, younger Newfie girl from rescue that turned out to be her niece. She was from the same kennel but I think had been one of the many puppies that had been purchased and then later surrendered to rescue. Several other dogs from this kennel have ended up in rescue, another common trend of disreputable breeding practices.
In his tribute to his special brown girl, her owner posted this poem by Erica Jong. It beautifully sums up the feelings of many of us dog owners.
Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love,
they depart to teach us about loss.
A new dog never replaces an old dog,
it merely expands the heart.
If you have loved many dogs your heart is very big.
Rest in peace sweet Amber.
Amber (Autumn) was one of the dogs featured at the end of this blog post: Adopt or shop, just do it responsibly