Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Paw prints on my heart

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I was not going to cry!!

I went to the library to check out the audio of "Persuasion." However I discovered that it was already checked out!.


 I found the CD's for "Marley and Me" by John Grogan and stepped into the check out line. As the librarian looked at what I had, she asked if I had read the book. I told her no, but had heard it was good. "You better get the tissues out, cause it will make you cry." Well before I even popped the first disc in, I told myself I would not cry. I mean it is a story about a dog..... I can handle that.

So for that whole week I enjoyed this story about a big yellow lab named Marley.  As I was putting the last disc in the CD player, I reassured myself, I was NOT going to cry.

So I listened. And then it came.... the tears.... big loppy tears. It was not so much the sadness of the story's ending, but the overwhelming memory of my own little puppy. Who turned into a big lovable Airedale dog!

She was my best friend. We had her before we had our children.

She was my buddy.

My friend.

Ten years and two children later, she left us. And oh..... what an ache in my heart. Even now as I think of her, the tears well up. How do we fall so in love with these critters and then they leave us!! My love for her was so deep that I have never been able to have another dog. I felt that I could not do it again. Their life is so short.

 John Grogan said it well. There are just some animals that you never forget. They have left their imprint on your heart.

"Flowers of true friendship never fade."


Darlene of Creative Latitude said...

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Thanks for reminding me about it as it is worthy of another read. Of course, with kleenex!

Patty McDonald said...

I too enjoyed the book....with tears.
We've had many dogs over our married life (50 years). Our most memorable and probably most loved was our coon hound. She died 4 years ago and we thought there would never be another Abbey. We still had 2 labs that we dearly love but they are different than our Abbey. We got a Dachshund and everything changed. She reminds us so much of Abbey. It must be the antics of a hound. We are crazy in love with our Dachshund. I can't imagine life without our dogs.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I haven't read the book or seen the movie. I didn't know it was sad. I've lost many dogs over the decades, and loved them all. Lots of happy memories of all of them.