My oldest Lab, Paws, is thirteen and a half. Her sister, Bear, died last June. Although I have known loss I had never experienced loss so raw. Sensing that Paws' time to join her sister was drawing near, I scheduled a photo-shoot with Sara Duckett who many of you know designed my website. She is a pleasure to work with. I selected these photos among many to share with you. This week Paws let me know she needed to slow down and so we have. We meander more now and my heart is filled with love for all those good years. These days I just like to lay close to her and listen to her breathe.
Scout, my four year old, was a product of the South Georgia streets. I picked her up as a pup while on a temporary duty in the area. I drove across the U.S. with two and came back with three. I named her after a character in my favorite book, To Kill A Mockingbird, because although right hearted and strong willed she sometimes gets ahead of herself. She had a hard time fitting in with litter-mates. They were never much interested in her as litter-mates just need each other but she was welcome to stay as long as she found her place and this is where she struggled. Within hours of Bear's death she settled in, having found her place I guess, and has grown into a love of a dog. Guess we each just need to find our place.