|Asia, minus her dog pal|
I don't know what it is, but lately I've been talking to a lot of dog owners about loss. Last weekend it was a man in Boston's North End. He was walking Asia, his one dog instead of the usual two.
And yesterday I caddied for a nice fellow who put his friend of 13 years down just a few months ago, and quickly bought a new Lab to replace him. He had such joy talking about his new puppy, but it was clear my golfer was still grieving the other one.
After the round, I shared with my loop part of what we wrote in Follow the Dog Home, because in many ways he was feeling similar to how my 10-year-old daughter and coauthor Samantha did a few years ago. Samantha came home and discovered our 12-year-old German Shepherd, Tiffany, dead on the floor. A few months after that, we got a new German Shepherd--Beverly. I thought all was well. What I didn't realize was Sammy's feelings of joy for the new dog were tempered by her concern that Tiffany would think we had abandoned her. I never would have known this had she not expressed it in her writing.
|Tiffany (dog) with Amanda (left) and Samantha|
|Beverly (dog) with (L to R) Samantha, Kevin and Amanda|