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To My Dear Jake and Jasmine:

Today is November 15, 2018. The 27th will mark your 5 year anniversary, Jake, and Dec 21st will be 1 year for you, Jasmine.

So much has changed since you were both here. Indy and I moved to Dallas, TX last month. The day we left it was raining and I was so sad to pull away from that house, knowing it would never be mine (ours) again. So many memories are connected to that house -- memories especially of the both of you. My heart broke (and still breaks) to leave it. It was like saying goodbye to you both all over again -- another "death" of sorts. We are both coping and still adjusting to such a big change -- from living in a big house with a yard to an apartment a third the size and me having to take Indy out to do his business. I must say, he is doing so much better than I had expected. He did great on the road trip here (he did have medication though 😉). Still, he did awesome. And I really think he enjoys living here. He surely misses being able to just hang out in the yard, but since I have to take him out here, I think he really likes having me out with him. He also really likes seeing people and other dogs, which surprises me given is anti-social tendencies. He is slowly softening up to Mike and Falyn, too; Still a ways to go, but making good progress.

Babies, I have decided not to renew this residency this year and so it will soon expire. It was a difficult decision, but I think it's time to move on from this stage of mourning. With the move and the selling of the house it feels like a brand new chapter in my life - one I'm not 100% happy about (since you both aren't here to share it), but one that I must embrace and run with. Of course you will both ALWAYS be with me in my mind and my heart...that will NEVER change. I have saved every word I've written here (along with the many guestbook entries) as a keepsake. I will return to those writings from time to time as I relive old memories. I have so many pictures of the both of you that serve as my computer desktop and screensaver and I see them every day. "Your" music still plays throughout the day while I work or clean, and so I'm always reminded of you. I cry as I type these words, because it feels like yet another goodbye. But from here on out, there will be no more goodbyes -- just many wonderful and cherished memories. I will always miss you. I will always love you. My life changed forever when each of you entered it, and it changed again forever when you left it physically. I am so very grateful to God for giving me such precious gifts, and I cherish the time we had together. I hope and pray that I will see you again in eternity.

Thank you both for sharing your lives with me.

Thank you, God, for sending these precious creatures to me to care for (and to care for me).

I'll be seeing you in my dreams...

Yours Forever,
Mom

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Living Love
by Martin Scot Kosins

If you ever love an animal, there are three days in your life you will always remember...

The first is a day blessed with happiness, when you bring home your young new friend. You may have spent weeks deciding on a breed. You may have asked numerous opinions of many vets, or done long research in finding a breeder. Or, perhaps in a fleeting moment, you may have just chosen that silly looking mutt in a shelter simply because something in its eyes reached your heart. But when you bring that chosen pet home and watch it explore and claim its special place in your hall or front room, and when you feel it brush against you for the first time, it instills a feeling of pure love you will carry with you through the many years to come.

The second day will occur eight or nine or ten years later. It will be a day like any other. Routine and unexceptional. But, for a surprising instant, you will look at your longtime friend and see age where you once saw youth. You will see slow deliberate steps where you once saw energy. And you will see sleep where you once saw activity. So you will begin to adjust your friend's diet and you may add a pill or two to h[is] food. And you may feel a growing fear deep within yourself, which bodes of a coming emptiness. And you will feel this uneasy feeling, on and off, until the third day finally arrives.

And on this day, if your friend and God have not decided for you, then you will be faced with making a decision of your own on behalf of your lifelong friend, and with the guidance of your own deepest spirit. But whichever way your friend eventually leaves you, you will feel as alone as a single star in the dark night. If you are wise, you will let the tears flow as freely and as often as they must. And if you are typical, you will find that not many in your circle of family or friends will be able to understand your grief, or comfort you. But if you are true to the love of the pet you cherished through the many joy-filled years, you may find that a soul a bit smaller in size than your own seems to walk with you, at times, during the lonely days to come. And at moments when you least expect anything out of the ordinary to happen, you may feel something brush against your leg very, very lightly. And looking down at the place where your dear (perhaps dearest) friend used to lay, you will remember those three significant days. The memory will most likely be painful and leave an ache in your heart. As time passes the ache will come and go as it has a life of its own. You will both reject it and embrace it, and it may confuse you. If you reject it, it will depress you. If you embrace it, it will deepen you. Either way, it will still be an ache.

But there will be, I assure you, a fourth day when, along with the memory of your pet and piercing through the heaviness in your heart, there will come a realization that belongs only to you. It will be as unique and strong as our relationship with each animal we have loved and lost. This realization takes the form of a Living Love--like the heavenly scent of a rose that remains after the petals have wilted, this love will remain and grow, and be there for us to remember. It is a love we have earned. It is the legacy our pets leave us when they go. And it is a gift we may keep with us as long as we live. It is a love which is ours alone. And until we ourselves leave, perhaps to join our beloved pets, it is a love that we will always possess.

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