This was not part of my plans today, as I ran through a mental list just last night before bed. Saying good-bye to our dear Friend Remington. Not part of my plans at all. I was going to work on that Secretive Writing Project which is gradually making progress. Check. I was going to catch up on my "people Blogs". Check. I was going to spend some quality time with Rose. Check. I was going to wander my way through Blogville, stopping by, happily making the rounds. And then I saw it. On Dachshund Nola's Web site. Eight Blogs up in my overcrowded Favorites section. These words. Please leave your condolences for Remington's Family. Run free, big guy. My heart sank. Literally. Deep, deep, deep into my chest like some doomed ship. No need to wonder why it feels as though I've just lost a Dear Friend. Because I have. One of the most beautiful things about being part of an online community which revolves around animals, is also the most heartbreaking. Death. If you're anything like me--and most pet-lovers are--we become attached to these beautiful creatures on a deeply sentimental level. Deeply sentimental. We love these animals as though they belong to us. Every canine "met" instantaneously becomes like ours. So when one passes on, we, too, are heartbroken. Remington was knowledgeable about the full moons in our nighttime skies, and he always posted about them every month. Afterward, I shared what I'd learned with my Mom. As resulted, Remington was quite popular around here.... Even though I am the only one who visits Blogville!! An oft-common phrase I would proudly declare was: "That's what Remington said!!"!! I now know more about our full moons, their names and legends because of this one big hairy black Friend of mine!! He educated me!! Remington was seemingly an "old soul". Wise beyond his years. One would have never guessed that he was only four. Way too young for cancer. Remington left us with some valid, sound advice. It is written on his Blog, but I thought that I'd pass it along here. Oh, I miss him already....
Always think good thoughts, they make you happy….bad thoughts just make you sad.
Be nice to others and smile a lot….don’t hold grudges and frown, it makes for an unhappy life.
Be kind to all creatures....for they all need to be loved.
Play, dance and do things that bring joy to your life….
you need to make the most of the time you have….
so why not make that time the happiest you can.
Relax, don’t worry so much,
don’t ever go to bed angry,
always say your prayers and
trust in God for He takes care of His children. ~Remington
My calendar picture for the month of March is a lovely lily field with the words: Live life happy! This was Remington's motto. I just know it....
Please stop by Remington's Blog at: http://our-remington.blogspot.com/ and wish his grieving family well. Then, while you are at it, send Sasha some love at: http://chicamom85-sassysasha.blogspot.com/, because she was his Girlfriend.