our beloved gracie died yesterday. it all happened very fast. she showed the first signs of sickness only a few weeks ago. she was six years old.
it was lyme nephritis, a more rare form of lyme disease that goes to a dog's kidneys. we had her on various medications, trying to fight it, but ultimately they didn't work. even on her last day, her ears still perked up when the ball was near, her tail wagged when we cuddled her. you could tell she wanted so badly to do more than her body would allow.
we are missing our gracie-girl badly, and feel like she was taken from us much sooner than she should've been. a teary parker asked last night if God had a phone so we could call gracie to see if she's feeling better.
the love of a dog is always there. it's amazing how many pictures she's in the background of, how many videos i have of the kids where she crosses the screen. they're a quiet but steady presence. we're all feeling that absence a lot right now.
we love you, gracie.
when we lost allie, our last yellow lab, this poem made me weep but also brought me comfort. i'm sharing it again now.
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....