I never once realized the impact that blogging was going to have on my life. I never once thought my heart could be captured by dogs other than my own. And I had no idea how hard it would hit me, grieving for dogs that have passed on. Dogs I've only seen on my screen that I have never touched or looked into their eyes. There is a loss I didn't expect and a sadness that I feel wandering around in blogland. Blogging has become more than just writing about our dogs. I have been in my own personal grief for some time and I had no idea that being part of this dog community that I would be hit so hard with the deaths of dogs that I would read about every day. It is hard enough to lose your own beloved canine, I didn't expect to grieve with others over theirs or how close to home it would hit. So many times, I find myself not knowing what to say. I have fallen silent as I read your blogs and find I have no words to add. Right now, I find myself just absorbing what is happening in your lives and just feeling blessed to be able to read your stories. Connecting, being. And in this time of quiet for me, I just wanted to let you know I am here. I am reading and listening and soaking in all the doggie love you provide.
On this weekend of thanks, I want to thank you, our doggie blogging friends for just being there. Whether you post, read or comment. My husband and I thank you for being part of our world and letting us be part of yours. The gifts we have been given has been invaluable. From helpful suggestions, to encouraging support, to those humorous perspectives that we still laugh about to this day.
I could write endlessly on the gratitude I have with my dogs. What their lives mean to me and all they have given, but it is nothing compared to experiencing the death of another dog that puts your whole world in perspective. Those extra few minutes a day to take the time with these precious creatures, will never be enough to thank them for who they are. For you and for me. Give all your loved ones an extra squeeze, every day, you never know when you might again.
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