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Old 07-22-2017, 12:34 PM
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Hello again, Sweetheart. Just felt as though I needed to write today. Driving home from the store, I saw a "For Sale" sign in front of the house where the two little white dogs live. You loved everybody, but it seemed as though you were especially drawn to them. You always strained so hard to try to greet them whenever we passed by on our morning walk. How your tail would wag!! It just hits me so hard in my heart to think that they are leaving now, too. Every day when I see them as I drive by, I think of you and smile. And now they are leaving, too.

I don't even know their names, and yet I'll miss them so. Another connection gone.

Thanks to Dawn's suggestion, I've been writing down little memories to always have beside me. I guess today I'll write about the two little white dogs. You always approached everyone as a friend, my Sweetheart. That's your lesson for me today that I'll try to take into my own heart. Miss you so much and love you forever.
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Old 07-22-2017, 08:53 PM
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Awwww, Marianne...
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Old 07-23-2017, 04:56 PM
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Marianne, when changes come we feel like somehow a connection is lost with our precious babies. I also have felt like you. For almost 15 years, my baby and I would go to this little Tea Room and sit out in the courtyard. I drank tea and we shared sandwiches. Just enjoying each other so very much. . We would be there for a couple of hours on a beautiful day.. . We were so happy, my baby and me. After she left, I couldn't go by that tea room for months. I was so sad without her. About 5 months later, I wanted to go there and relive the happy times we shared there. But it had closed. I sat in my car and cried. I left but I came back a few days later. I got out and looked inside the tea room and stood at the iron gate leading into the courtyard. Both were empty, but In my mind I could plainly see me ( a girl with long brown hair ) and my love , ( a tiny white toy poodle ) sitting there again sharing sandwiches, talking and laughing. Her walking around .Just like it was yesterday. So Marianne , even tho the house is up for sale and one day the 2 little white dogs will be gone, if you really look hard , you will plainly see a lady, on a morning walk with her beautiful Sweetheart ,tail wagging, straining to greet 2 little white dogs. And perhaps a smile will come to your face as the memories of the precious tea room has for me. Hugs.

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Old 07-24-2017, 09:44 AM
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Thank you so much, Joan. And Dawn, your sweet message brought tears to my eyes yesterday just as it does again this morning. What you wrote is so deeply lovely, and it has unleashed so many different memories and thoughts for me. Many are still a jumble, but they are all meaningful, and I thank you so much for what you wrote.

One of our dear staffers, Addy, has written this as part of her signature line here: "Memory is the power to gather roses in the winter." I think of that line often, especially at this time of the year. We are surrounded by "Knockout" roses in this part of the country, and I have multiple bushes in my own yard. They bloom profusely through the summer here. In fact, so profusely that it is very easy to take them for granted during the summer. But then the freeze comes in the fall and the blooms are gone for the season. And then I miss them dearly, and try to imagine them blooming again on a cold winter day.

What you wrote yesterday challenges me to try to find a way to join the past and the present in a way that is not painful. To let them hold hands, if you will . I thought about that so much this morning when I was walking Luna at the lake. This is the same lake where I've taken countless walks, first with Barkis and then Peg and now Luna. Much has changed over two decades -- the open fields are now office buildings; old trees have died or been split by storms and new trees have been planted. There are new sidewalks and more people.

But there are still a few stretches that remain the same. And on this warm July morning, while I was thinking about what you had written, there was one brief moment when I truly felt as though we were all four walking together. Barkis and Peg and Luna and me. I cannot tell you how sweet that felt. There are just no words.

I hope so much that maybe I'll have that feeling again. It was indeed like the past and present were holding hands. But after it passed, I made a little silent vow to Luna to try not to take the present for granted, like I do with the roses. She is on this earth with me right now, and I don't want my tears over my losses to blind me to the joy that she and I can share now. So thank you again, so much, for your sweet story. It has meant a lot to me.

Marianne
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Old 07-26-2017, 04:52 PM
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Well dang if I don't have tears coming down too as I read this.

All those special times, it can be hard to grasp hold of them and hang on for the years to come without them. Anything that helps to do that, should be cherished. Thank you Dawn.

I hate change. The things that were so precious at that time changing. I want my friends and their dogs to remain forever just as they are today, as they were before molly passed. I understand that Marianne.

I am sure that you don't by pass any precious moment with Luna, it isn't in you to do so. I don't think you need to worry that you will miss something. (Luna wouldn't let you anyhow) hahaha
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