Today is/was Munchen’s birthday, she would have been 15. Sadly on August 21st her health took a turn for the worst and I had to make a heartbreaking decision to let her go. To date, it was the hardest thing I have ever had to do.
For those of you who do not know, Munchen was my little girl, my companion, my friend, and my pup. I received her as a gift for Christmas from my husband and she was the best gift I have ever been given.
This little girl kept me company everyday of her life, unless I was traveling and she was not going along we spent basically 24 hours a day together. We traveled the country together by plane and on many road trips always with her sitting on my lap.
My sweet companion kept me company on bad days and good and made the ordinary days special. We started every morning with a cup of cocoa, and by we, I mean I tried to sit and enjoy a cocoa and she licked her lips with impatience until I let her lick the cup. She loved sweets as much as me and often times we shared our favorite donut or a cereal treat. Frankly, we shared everything because she was a little beggar and I was a pushover.
I frequently photograph my blog photos on a short table by the window, if I was not “Johnny on the spot” this little one would hop up and lick whatever I was photographing. I cannot tell you how many photo shoot desserts she enjoyed.
I miss this cute face, her funny little walk, which was more like prancing, I miss her snores, and her hugs, her snuggles and her love.
Thank you my sweet girl for almost 15 years of unconditional love. Happy Birthday. I will eat a piece of cake in your honor. I love you and will see you when it’s time.
For those of you who say, it’s just a dog. Please read the following:
JUST A DOG
From time to time, people tell me, “lighten up, it’s just a dog,”
or “that’s a lot of money for just a dog.”
They don’t understand the distance travelled, the time spent,
or the costs involved for “just a dog.”
Some of my proudest moments have come about with “just a dog.”
Many hours have passed and my only company was “just a dog,”
but I did not once feel slighted.
Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by
“just a dog,” and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch
of “just a dog” gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.
If you, too, think it’s “just a dog,” then you probably understand
phrases like “just a friend,” “just a sunrise,” or “just a promise.”
“Just a dog” brings into my life the very essence of friendship,
trust, and pure unbridled joy.
“Just a dog” brings out the compassion and patience
that make me a better person.
Because of “just a dog” I will rise early, take long walks and look
longingly to the future.
So for me and folks like me, it’s not “just a dog”
but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future,
the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.
“Just a dog” brings out what’s good in me and diverts my thoughts
away from myself and the worries of the day.
I hope that someday they can understand that its’ not “just a dog”
but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being
“just a man” or “just a woman.”
So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog,”
because they “just don’t understand.”
For my friends who sent such wonderful cards, and messages after Munchen passed I can only say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. Your kindness and words have brought me so much comfort.