My Maddox – February 5, 2001 – June 8, 2012

I wasn’t sure that I was going to write this blog.  I didn’t think I could write anything that would do justice to this wonderful dog.

My beloved Maddox.  Not sure what I can say.  He was my confidant, my protector, my friend.  I always knew he was going to be happy to see me and I always knew I was going to be happy to see him.  He didn’t even mind when we changed his name 8 years ago. Everytime I called, “Maddox!”, Maddie would look at me and everytime I called, “Maddie!”, the dog would come running.  So, he became Moose and it fit him to a tee.  110 lbs of pure love.

By the time he left us, Maddox had lost his sight and was losing his hearing.  I tried to explain to the girls that Maddox was going to heaven and he would be all better when he got there. A week ago, Jane came up to me and said, “Moose can see now.”  I thought she was confused so I said, “No, honey, remember, Moose is in heaven.”  And she said to me, “I know.  And now he can see again.”  Love that my beloved Maddox could help teach such a powerful lesson to my girls.

Found this online and I’m hoping this is what Moose is saying right now.

Letter From Your Pet in Heaven
To my dearest family, some things I’d like to say. But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I’m writing this from the Bridge, where I dwell with God above. There’s no more tears of sadness here, just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy, just because I’m out of sight. Remember that I am with you, every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you, when my life on earth was through, God picked me up and hugged me, and He said, “I welcome you.”
“It’s good to have you back again, you were missed while you were gone. As for your dearest family, they’ll be here later on.”
God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do. And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day’s chores put to flight, God and I are closest to you – in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years, because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry: it does relieve the pain. Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you, all that God has planned. If I were to tell you, you wouldn’t understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o’er. I’m closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are rocky roads ahead of you, and many hills to climb; But together we can do it, by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy, and I’d like it for you too; That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody, who’s in sorrow and pain; Then you can say to God at night – “My day was not in vain.”
And now I am contented, that my life was worthwhile. Knowing as I passed along. I made somebody smile.
God says: “If you meet somebody, who is sad and feeling low; Just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.”
When you’re walking down the street, with me on your mind; I’m walking in your footsteps, only half a step behind.
And when it’s time for you to go, from that body to be free. Remember you’re not going… you’re coming here to me.”

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The Egg has Landed

I’ve been MIA as of late.  Anyone that knows me knows the drama my summer has brought so I will spare everyone the details, but today I found reason to blog and this is it:

Do you see that tiny brown egg in the midst of all the large white ones?  See it?!  That’s mine!  Well, I didn’t lay it, but one of my girls did!  Not sure which chicken but I don’t care.  This egg symbolizes hope for me.  I’ve endured pecking, garden destroying, zucchini eating, strawberry stomping bitchiness from those six chickens but today I have hope.  Hope that all the chicken drama was worth it in the end.  I have an egg.