I received a special notification on Facebook today.
For those who don't know, we went from being a family of five to a family of four a little over ten weeks ago. That's when our sweet dog passed. (Three weeks earlier we'd learned of a cancerous tumour in his abdomen.) It's interesting how there are certain moments in a day, when (out of habit and routine) you expect to see him.
This morning I had one of those instances.
When my husband and I stepped out of our bedroom to descend the stairs together, I had that moment when, like so many times before, I expected to see the dog quietly wagging his tail and walking over - stretching along the way - to greet us eagerly at the bottom! In that same instant I remembered that he's no longer with us.
It struck me and so I mentioned it and asked my husband if he still has those moments too. Of course, he does.
Then, a little later today I opened up my social media and saw that a wonderful woman had tagged me in a post. It was a post from her page eight years ago. A post she'd made before I'd even know of her existence. A post she'd made before we'd ever met our precious pet.
What was the post?
It was a photo of him, taken the day after she (and her now husband) had been called to go out and rescue a sweet, gentle, timid dog. The dog we eventually came to find, adopt, love, and call Moby. ❤
I'm so thankful for that tag today. It reminded me, again, of Moby. Of the fact he had a life before us, of which we knew nothing about but can only speculate aspects of. It also helped me to reflect upon the fact that he lived the last 8 years of his life being loved and cared for. He had a great eight years and he definitely deserved that.
I'm also thankful for that tag, as it reminded me about how we are all travelling along our own paths, in our own seasons of life. Yet, those paths can cross. You never know when nor what they'll lead to.
For me, when those random paths crossed - through the adoption of a stray dog, a kind and generous woman trying to make positive changes in our world, and a family looking for a furry member to join them - my life changed. Not only did we gain a beloved pet, but
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