When I signed up to showcase Dear Brave Friend here, I hardly thought I’d be grieving the loss of our Pablo. It seems so relevant now.
Dear Brave Friend
This gentle and heartwarming story captures the love between a boy and his dog, and the sadness that follows after his cherished dog passes away. Written in the form of a letter from the dog to the boy, the letter shares relatable, real life examples of how the boy (and therefore anybody who has lost a dear pet) may be feeling and suggestions on what he can do to help himself get through this most difficult time. The letter also touches on simple acts of kindness that can follow the reader throughout his or her lifetime. The message in this story is applicable to young and old, girl or boy, and to any family pet that has stolen your heart. Story starters, drawing pages, and a place to add pictures of your own beloved pet are also included in the back of the book.
Leigh Ann Gerk MA, LPC has been in the counseling field for over eleven years. She is certified in Pet Loss & Grief Companioning and the founder and owner of Mourning to Light Pet Loss providing individual and family counseling for anyone grieving the loss of a pet. She currently offers 3 free pet loss support groups in Northern Colorado and is excited to branch out and offer more. Having grown up on a farm, Leigh Ann’s childhood playmates included baby calves, horses, bunnies, dogs, and 32 cats that set up house in a boxcar that also served as her playhouse. This upbringing introduced her, at a very young age, to the human-animal bond and instilled in her a deep understanding of, and love for, this extraordinary relationship. Leigh Ann and her husband, Andy, live in Loveland, Colorado, and are the proud parents of identical twin daughters, Heather and Heidi. Their family is made complete by their first grandchild and their cherished therapy dog, Gracie. Visit Leigh Ann online at MourningToLightPetLoss.com.
It’s with great sorrow that José, Lucky and I bade farewell to our dearest Pablo on 31 January morning. He would have been 12 on 18 February. We know that he led a full and happy life and for that we are grateful. Rest in peace Pablo, our sweet boy!
Rest In Peace Pablo
As much as we know that he is beyond suffering now, we cannot but be sad at his passing. He was such an integral part of our daily lives. As José said, there’s a hole in our lives! Yes, there’s a Pablo-shaped hole in our lives and one that can never be filled. We’ll eventually stop grieving as we are now, but we’ll never stop remembering and loving him.
I have so much to write about this special dog, but I can’t see the screen for my tears. In the coming days, I’ll be writing about him and using this space to create something positive to honour the memory of our lovely boy!
Rest in peace, champ! And thank you for everything you were to us. ♥
Before you put on a frown, make absolutely sure that there are no smiles available ~ Jim Beggs
I defy all Boxer owners not to smile at this one:
When dogs are happy they wag their tails… When Boxers are happy they wag the back half of their body…
When dogs are happy to see you they jump up to greet you… When Boxers are happy to see you they run nine hundred miles an hour around the living room…
When dogs are bored they want to play fetch for twenty minutes… When Boxers are bored they bring you every toy in the house over and over for the next two hours…
When dogs get tired they sleep in their bed as quiet as a mouse… When Boxers get tired they sleep on you chest snoring in your ear…
When dogs beg for food they put a paw on your knee… When boxers beg for food they silently make two large slobber bubbles from the sides of their mouth… Therefore, boxers are not dogs. They are wiggling, burning, toy carrying, snoring, slobber bubble making machines
Today I’m going to share with you some pictures of me in my younger days! I was born on 18 February 2009 in Hyderabad and have seven siblings. My Mom, Suzy, is a loving, crazy white boxer with brown patches. Corinne says she looks like a pirate with a patch on her eye. She also says that I’m as crazy and loving as my Mom. My Dad is a prize-winning boxer who looks really fierce. You will notice he has his ears cropped. José and Corinne decided early that they were not going to enter me for any dog shows and certainly didn’t want to have my ears cropped. They wanted a pet and they sure got one! 😉
When they came to pick me up I was happy to go home (Corinne’s parents house) with them and bonded with them instantly. I remember the first night that they put me in a box near their bed. I managed to get out of it and went to pull Corinne’s hair when I need to be taken out to ease myself. They were really pleased at how clever I was even back then!
I had written this for the Blogging From A to Z challenge many moons ago on another blog. My secretary, the lazy woman she is, decide to share this again. 😉
You, dear readers, I love. I will continue to blog at this space hence forward, so do come by and visit me.