My sweet Cali passed away today. She lived a full life, almost 17 years together we had and always a puppy at heart. I knew it would be hard but I can’t even begin to explain how it feels to have had to say goodbye to her. So instead I want to remember.
I want to remember how little she felt bringing her home from the breeders that valentine’s day so long ago.
I want to remember how I loved taking her to my Mom’s work for dog training. How this little black and white thing did amazing and aced everything – well she gave me a run for my money on pulling on the leash.
I want to remember how much my Dad loved her, and how much comfort I found in caring for her after he passed away. Maybe they are together playing ball now. I bet she’d love that.
I want to remember HOW much she loved chasing a ball. That was her driver, and still was 16 years later as much as we wanted her to rest those old bones of hers.
I want to remember how she was a magician. We still never figured out how she got into things that was CLEARLY outside of her reach. This dog must have had some magic tricks up her sleeve to get into the things she did. How did you get that pizza?
I want to remember how she ate EVERYTHING, and I mean everything. Seriously, I don’t know how we didn’t have 20 emergency surgeries in her lifetime.
I want to remember how she looked wearing her red collar. My black, white and red love affair began with her.
I want to remember so many things, but most of all I want to remember how much she gave me over the last 17 years. She has seen me through all of my major life events and now her passing has been another. There will never be another like you. The whole you have left behind will not be filled and our days will be less fuller without you. We love you so my sweet Cali girl.