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It's going to be a rough one!

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.

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    1938 days ago
    I'll give my dog a treat in Jozee's honor. Those eyes...I'm sorry for your loss. I don't understand how some people don't get that the loss of a pet is the loss of a family member.
    1944 days ago
    Awesome blog! Here is to Jozee.
    1945 days ago
    Thank you for writing this blog! Not only did you make me cry you bad girl but you made me feel so much better about my Tempest (cat) she was with me for 22 years. The longest successful relationship I have ever had!

    1946 days ago
    I am so sorry for you and at the same time, happy for your dog. How lucky she must have been to have you to love her. I have been right there where you are. Mine was an abused Shepherd that took me years to get him to actually NOT hide when someone came in our door. He was my son's dog, but ended up bonding with me. I hate to say this, but I still miss him to this day. It has been 4 years. We have another dog, Shadow, that was a pup when 'Bones' was getting old. She is 5 now. I love her just as much as him, but it is different as it has been with all my animals over the years. I will give her a hug for your Jozee.....
    1946 days ago
    I understand cimpletely!! There's just something about a dog that calms. Sorry for your loss, but sound like she was an amazing dog everyone loved!!
    1946 days ago
    I completely understand. Your Jozee looks a lot like our Satch - a pound pup that lived a happy 15 years.
    1946 days ago
    I will hug my two adopted street dogs today in honor Jozee's memory. I so understand what loss you feel. I was just thinking the other day how I missed a pet that departed some 13 years ago. They make such special places in our hearts. Your Jozee had such a wonderful face. What a terrific animal. Such special skills as well to help so many in need.
    Here's to honoring Jozee's memories.
    1946 days ago
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