What great memories of Belle and I am so glad that you were able to enjoy them and be calmed by them. Praise God. I also thank you for taking the time to go over to sit Shiva and follow his tradition. May this fill your heart with great peace and help provide him with all he needs during his grieving period. That is very thoughtful of you!!! God bless you. Hugs, Helen
Helen/Southwestern PA Joined SP 9/23/2007 Co-leader of The Rainbow Bridge--Grieving the Loss of a Pet Spark Team
"Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible." ~Mary McLeod Bethune
"If you planted hope in a heart today in any hopeless heart, If someone's burden was lighter because you did your part, If you caused a laugh that chased a tear away, If tonight your name is mentioned when someone kneels to pray, Then your day was well spent.
My parents were up the other morning looking out the back window down towards the woods were Belle is buried. They saw a young buck, a doe, and a fawn that could barely walk and looked like it had just been born sometime this week. Anyway, when Belle was younger and even up until she was 12-13 years old my dad would tie a long rope attached to her collar if he and Belle were out in the back yard. If she saw a deer she would race after it with all her "gentle" fierceness and into the woods she would go. The rope was designed to snag her on logs or tree limbs on the ground so she wouldn't keep going for miles into the back woods. It worked and she never caught any deer and we have no clue what she would have done if she would have caught up with one. Anyway, the other day my parents said it was around 7am, these two deer and fawn paused right near her grave and it brought back many memories for my dad especially. I also went through several of our video camera tapes from 6-7 years ago. We unfortunately didn't have a video camera when Belle was a puppy or for the first 5-6 years of her life. But I am taking the memory card and going through the videos and snapping a lot of still photos to print up that we otherwise didn't have. I had to attend a funeral of a friend of the family's mother yesterday and it was strange how afterward coming home and looking at old Christmas videos of Belle tearing open her countless gifts was very calming. I even laughed a few times but there were also a lot of tears. Just thought I'd share. I am on my way over to the friends house to sit Shiva. He's Jewish and its a tradition to have 7 days of sitting with the family an different times or days. I've never been to one but he needs people since he doesn't have many friends or family in the area. Take care and have a good weekend everyone.
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