This is my beloved Lucky who was my best four-legged friend for many years. He lived a full and happy life right up to the last day. Lucky was a rescue dog and I loved him with my whole heart. He returned that love one hundredfold. He was full of hilarious antics and always played his audience for laughs. He loved everyone...unless you happened to be a UPS or FedEx man...really, any guy delivering anything!!
If you've read the book or seen the movie "Marley and Me", you have a small glimpse into the kind of dog Lucky was. He was not ALWAYS easy to love: severe separation anxiety, destruction of drywall, door frames, kennels and too many blinds and cords to mention, escape artist, trips to the mud-filled creek behind the house at 11:30 at night...so many stories to tell! A bottle of little yellow pills was always close at hand in case of thunder/lightning, fireworks, or assorted loud noises. The pills were affectionately called "Lucky's Little Helpers."
In spite of all that, he was still the love of my life! Ever sensitive to my moods, he seemed to know me better than I knew myself. The love he gave was far greater than the love he took.
When it came time to take him to the vet for the last time, I felt my heart would fall out of my chest. As he was given the final injections, I sang into his deaf ears and held him close "Fly to Jesus, fly to Jesus now and live" from Chris Rice's "Untitled Hymn." I think he heard me because he licked my hand for the final time.
This is the first of about 50 pages I did for Lucky's memorial album. (I promise NOT to post them all!) Seeing him so young and healthy, eyes clear...this is how I picture him now. The Rev. Billy Graham was once asked if he thought our pets would be in heaven with us. This is his reply: "I think God will have prepared everything for our perfect happiness. If it takes my dog being there, I believe he'll be there." Thanks Billy, I can live with that!
I miss him still. I'm not at place in my life where I can have another dog, but I am surrounded by lots of dogs who bring joy into my life. I am currently doing the Jetta album for my nephew and niece because when she is old and it's her time to go to the vet for the last time, I want them to have a record in hand of her contribution to their lives. Children will come soon and Jetta will be moved down the totem pole a bit (as it should be), but I know she is a valued and cherished member of their little family. We'll keep adding memories to her album too!
Erika, this one is for you! In Memory of your beloved four-legged companion Ed. I know your heart still aches for him too. ((hugs))