Hello and Happy 2021 to all you special people that adore your pets. 

I have been reflecting on our past year 2020 which lead me into thinking of the love and companionship my pets provided during this difficult year.

I bet most of you have experienced the loss of your precious best furry friend.  In my case, as for many of you, I have gone through it many times.  Every loss breaks our hearts and we grieve for them in the same way we grieve any beloved family member. We miss looking into their loving eyes, the comfort they provide, the feel of them against you, and much more.  Some will decide to never have another pet again so they don’t have to re-experience this pain of loss.  For me personally, the pain of loss is trumped by the unconditional love, companionship, and joy that they bring to our lives.

One friend of mine only adopts older pets that are overlooked in shelters due to their age.  She has the resources to provide the vet care and loads of love and care.  She knows it means she will have to face the pain of their death more often.  This does’t let this get in the way of adopting another.  The benefits of adopting an older dog goes both ways and she takes comfort knowing what a difference she made in that pet’s life.  She feels blessed to have each of them as part of her life.

Do you imagine what it would be like to reunite with them in the after-life?  I wonder about that myself.  As with any lost loved one we yearn to see them again.  Oh what a Joy that would be!

I found this piece below, the author is “unknown”.  I want to share it with all of you and believe it will bring a smile to your face.

The Road to Heaven

A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead.

He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them..

After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight.

When he was standing before it he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold. He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.

When he was close enough, he called out, ‘Excuse me, where are we?’

‘This is Heaven, sir,’ the man answered.

Would you happen to have some water?’ the man asked.

Of course, sir. Come right in, and I’ll have some ice water brought right up’.The man gestured, and the gate began to open.

‘Can my friend,’ gesturing toward his dog, ‘come in, too?’ the traveler asked.

‘I’m sorry, sir, but we don’t accept pets.’

The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog.

After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence. As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book.

‘Excuse me!’ he called to the man. ‘Do you have any water?’

‘Yeah, sure, there’s a pump over there, come on in..’

‘How about my friend here?’ the traveler gestured to the dog.

There should be a bowl by the pump.’

They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it. The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog.

When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree.

‘What do you call this place?’ the traveler asked.

This is Heaven,’ he answered.

‘Well, that’s confusing,’ the traveler said. ‘The man down the road said that was Heaven, too.’

‘Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That’s hell.’

‘Doesn’t it make you mad for them to use your name like that?’

‘No, we’re just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind.’