One Year Ago
A year ago today, I said goodbye to Goldie, the best dog in the world. The tears I shed that day, and in the days leading up to it, and the days following it would fill a milk carton, a big one, not the kind from the corner convenience store that you get when you forget to buy real milk at the grocery store.
ANYWAY…that was a bad week. And some bad months following it. I spent the winter not knowing how I would ever be happy without that sweet, sweet hound in my life.
Now I have another Best Dog in the World. She’s as different from Goldie as two dogs can be. Goldie lost her mind with happiness whenever I came home. Abbie is like a cat – she glowers at me a little, makes ME approach her and then she gives me a little wag to let me know all is forgiven.
Goldie loved hunting and running. Abbie loves people and wrestling with other dogs. Goldie didn’t like other dogs playing with her. Abbie lives for it.
It’s funny, how we can’t imagine what life is going to be like until it gets here. I’m glad to have had Goldie, who filled 10 years of my life with joy. But I’m also glad to have had the experience of choosing a new dog and letting my heart open in different ways than I had thought possible.
Goldie will always be the First Best Dog, sweet as a sugar cookie, as the exMrStapler used to say. She trained me to be a good dog person. And for that, I am forever grateful. I hope heaven has lots of quick bunnies and no cactus to get in the way of a good long chase.