From the first moment I saw my baby girl at the shelter, a ball of fur with big brown eyes and small pink tongue, I fell in love. As she grew, we became more and more attached. She lived at my mother's where she had a large fenced yard in which to play. Her favorite place to lie down was under the butterfly bush where she was queen of all she surveyed. |
She got spoiled by someone other than just me. She loved my son, Chris, and when I would say that Chris was coming, she'd head for the door to wait for him. She loved her "grandma" and when my mother died in 2014, Karma grieved along with me. So many nights we curled up on the bed together while I cried and she licked my hand to let me know she was there and she understood. She would lie at the door during the day, looking into Mom's room as if to say, "Where is she? Bring her back." She had a favorite toy..a yellow squeaky toy shaped like a bone and that was the indicator for her moods. When she was not feeling well or was feeling down, she dragged the bone everywhere she went. After Mom's death, she had the bone with her for a long time.
When Karma was diagnosed with lung cancer and an enlarged heart in April 2015, the vet gave her a month or two at the most. With prayer and medication, I was able to lengthen her life for almost a year..no pain, no stopping her activity. She was the same sweet dog as ever. On Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 2:30 AM, my sweet Karma suffered a heart attack and crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. She was not alone and the last thing I hope she heard, was me telling her how much I loved her. But I told her that all the time, as she told me in so many ways.
When her ashes come back next week, I will place them in the special wooden box I found just for her. In it I will place the many pictures I have of her and I will carefully add her yellow bone and I will weep, just as I am doing now. The box will rest under a beautiful oil painting of her that a friend did for me last year and I will always remember my sweet Karma and how much love and joy she brought to my life. Goodbye, sweet girl. I love you.