When I was growing up, the movie Watership Down was one of my favorites. If you have seen this movie you might be surprised to hear that and wonder what my parents were thinking, letting a kid watch a movie like that. If you have never heard of this movie, go here and read about it. When I got older I read the book and loved it too. At one point in the story, the rabbits gather around a fallen companion and say “My heart has joined The Thousand, for my friend stopped running today.” This little prayer has always helped take the sharp edges of the loss of a furry loved one, at least for me.
This week our beloved Saint Bernard, Selby, left us. I am still trying to process it, because it came as quite a shock. Though she had achieved a great age for a Saint Bernard, she was small for her breed and had always been in relatively good health so we thought she would live into double-digits. It’s true she had not been at her best recently; I often stopped to watch her when she was napping, just to make sure she was still breathing. Even so, I really thought she had several years of life left in her. I was wrong. She passed away peacefully in her sleep, having a nap in our kitchen like she often did.
My heart is broken. I am working on a eulogy post for her, but for now this is all I can manage.