January 10, 2017 is remembrance day. This day marks two years since Dusty passed away. I’m taking inventory of how I feel. I’m okay. I am a little sad and not overjoyed but I’m fair.
I wish I could say “Hey! No problem. Look at me! Things are gravy.” Nope. I still think about her every day and miss her. What can I say? When you have invested time, energy, laughs and lots of love with your furry friend for over 13 years those emotions do not just disappear.
The love remains. The grief does too. I wish I could tell you with time the grief goes away. Sorry it doesn’t. The grief remains but comes in waves of highs and lows. Am I doing better today than this time last year? Yes. However, as a pet parent, you always remember the good times together as well as those not so fun last moments together as well. It’s hard sometimes to NOT let those last moments replay in your head.
In order to honor myself and my pet, I found it’s important to focus my energy on consciously remembering positive fun moments with my pet that brought me joy. Dwelling on the negative or sadness brings you down and also isn’t good for the healing process mentally and physically.
So I choose to continue to talk about Dusty in the most positive ways (which isn’t hard to do). She was a very special cat with a relaxed temperament, very cute and inquisitive.
I’ve said it once before but I’ll say it again. I thank the good Lord for 13 ½ wonderful years I was blessed to be her cat mom and friend. Caring for her taught me some great life lessons and made my heart so full. I would not trade that time for anything in the world. And because our journey together had to come to an end, a new chapter was formed in the shape of this blog.
For the shared love and journey through life together I’m grateful. I’m thankful I had the ability to share my story and experience with others. And lastly, I hope by sharing my experiences it brings validation, comfort, inspiration and perspective to other individuals going through the same journey.
Have you ever lost a pet? How are you coping now that some time has passed?
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