I still miss one of my biggest comforters in life, more than I miss most of my human relationships, my beagle Larry. He crossed the Rainbow Bridge a little over two years ago. If you are unfamiliar with the term Rainbow Bridge, it refers to a poem which speaks of a bridge that all of our animals cross, where they run free after they pass and wait for us to cross that bridge and eventually join them.
Larry was with me through my divorce and another breakup. No matter what kind of day I was having, or how sad I was, he was there, just loving me, greeting me at the door the same way every single day, always keeping me within focus wherever I was.
It’s amazing how our furry companions leave such a huge hole in our heart when they pass. I’ll never forget the day that I had to say goodbye to him, it was heartbreaking, but I knew it was his time. My vet believed he was about eighteen years old when he passed. No one was sure since he was adopted.
I adopted Larry when he was older, I had no idea his background history except that he came from a high kill shelter. I never changed the name that his rescuers gave him, it just fit. His love never faltered, wavered or stopped, during the ten years I was blessed to spend with him.
So many things we as humans can learn from our pets. They live in the moment, appreciate the small things and love with no conditions. Our pets don’t care how you look, if you’re having a bad hair day or gained an extra couple of pounds. All they want is for you to love and care for them.
Larry was such a special dog, he came into my life for a reason. And looking back, I not only saved him, but he saved me, and for that I am so ever grateful.