rest in peace, sweet griffin
march 23, 2006 - september 7, 2011
It's awful to lose a pet. It's awful when they wander off, never to be seen again, leaving you hoping and wondering and eventually accepting the heartbreaking idea that they're gone. And it's awful when faultless, tragic accidents happen, when one minute there's playing and running and barking and the next there's not. I imagine, also, that it's awfully sad to watch a pet grow old and gray faced and know the time to say goodbye is near .... but oh, how I wish we'd gotten that chance with Griffin, that we'd had the years we thought we'd have with our quirky, simple, often yappy but always sweetly loyal little dog. Tonight, as I mourn the sudden passing of our Griff, I take comfort in all the love we gave him, and the infinite, unconditional love he gave us right back, even when babies came and focuses shifted and his food dish was sometimes left kibbleless until the very end of the day. I think of the days together at the lake, the walks from our first place in Austin to Amy's Ice Cream (and the stops we'd make for him to visit with his admirers), the time the groomer shaved his fluffy Sheltie coat nearly bald and I cried for hours at his misfortune. I remember how he'd walk obediently at our side wherever it was we took him, how we never needed a leash because he never thought to wander from his human pack. I think of the happy days with our dog, and hope their memory lingers more strongly than the ones of this incredibly sad day.
You were loved, sweet Griff. I hope you always knew that.