Sunday, January 27, 2013
One year ago today, I sat beside my doggy soul mate as she crossed to the bridge. I still miss her and that hole in my heart is still there. Jozee was one of those dogs that you have only once in a lifetime. She was a therapy dog from the time she was 8 weeks old until the day she died. She helped literally hundreds of people from crying kids to adults that just needed a calm and loving presence. Despite all she did for others, she was truly "Mom's dog." People would comment about her to my kids and they always said, "She's my mom's dog."
As strange as it sounds, she could read my mind. I'd be on the computer typing and think about taking her for a walk, but never stopping typing. She'd walk in, sit in front of me and stare at me waiting for her walk! She did this ALL the time with anything related to her. If I thought it, she was there. .
She could sense when people needed her calm, unconditional love. I could tell by the way she interacted with others if they had a developmental delay, were sad or depressed or just needed someone to care. I lost count how many times people confided in me that they were having a rough time with something and Jozee sought them out. She was truly an amazing girl!
Some don't understand why people are so upset when they lose a beloved furry family member. Yes, I have a great husband, awesome kids and my Mom is still here and is my best friend. However, there is something about the unconditional love of a dog and how they accept you with their whole heart. They accept you at your best and worse. As the saying goes, "I wish I was 1/2 the person my dog thinks I am."
I'm trying today to focus on the good memories that we created and not the sadness that I still feel at not having her physically with me. She was a blessing in my life and well as many others. I still don't have a dog to call my own, the ones as have now technically belong to my kids, but I hope someday I will.
If you have a special creature or person in your life, give them some extra love today in honor of my Jozee.