That was how full our lives were of pets in late 2004, when our golden retrievers Sheba and Moses joined the family that Christmas. The first loss of that group came in spring of 2005, when our cat Don Juan went to the Bridge. He was 14, so we had already known that he would most likely be the first to go, even though it was too soon. The recent loss on April 25th of our cat Samantha was the last of that group.
The oddest thing to me is that it now seems we have almost come full circle. While I’ve had cats my whole life, we started our adventures with dogs with just a single dog, a mutt, followed by another single dog, a Labrador retriever mix. Here we are again, 15 years later, with a single Lab mix, yet no cats; so maybe not quite full circle.
Samantha’s biological sister Katie died of cancer in 2012, so to have Samantha live to be sweet 16 was definitely a blessing (especially when we had a cancer scare with her 4 years ago). It was in the fall of that year – 2012 – that I started this blog, and the Wag ‘n Woof pets “crew” was formed. Every year but one since then we have lost one of the crew.
As Samantha started to fade some over this past winter, I had a strong feeling that we would lose her in April. Here’s why:
- 2013 – Moses – June
- 2014 – Kobi – February
- 2015 – Conrad – May
- 2016 – Sheba “breaks the curse”
- 2017 – Sheba – January
- 2018 – Cricket – March
- 2019 – Samantha – April
Do you see the pattern? Coincidence? Who knows? But you might understand why Samantha’s passing had me questioning keeping this blog going. From 6 pets in the beginning, to one dog now, had me wondering if I could find enough to write about. I had already considered that when we lost Cricket last year. While I enjoy sharing about the farm and our birds, and I believe readers enjoy it as well, I still want to keep this a pet blog as it’s main theme. There are other things going on in our lives that have had me questioning if I could keep this going, but deep down I knew I could never give it up. Sharing our lives with pets and a small farm is truly a passion for me.
After all, Luke has done a good job of taking over and giving us material, and writing has always been my dream. Literally the day we helped Samantha to the Rainbow Bridge, she sent me a sign to be sure I knew what my right decision would be: I received a comment on a blog post from a reader that reminded me what a lot of this is about. This reader and I had been talking back and forth a bit. She was told her dog might have luxating patellas like Luke does; I have written on the subject a few times. For her, it turned out that her dog probably did not, and when telling me this, she said: “Thank you so much for this blog, it honestly helped me relax and stay calm during this injury.” Reading that cemented my decision.
Speaking of signs, this one came just three days before Samantha left us. An evening rainstorm left behind this beautiful rainbow. It’s one of the few complete rainbows I’ve ever seen, though I couldn’t quite capture the whole thing in the photo we could see it from end to end. I honestly thought Sam might pass away that very night, but she wasn’t quite ready to go then yet. However, I felt a bit more peaceful sensing that her siblings sent that sign showing they would be waiting for her when she got there.
Life is all about change, and we always know chances are we will outlive our pets. But the love and joy they bring us while they are here makes it all worthwhile. Luke is doing a good job of taking care of us and giving us that love now. We’re accepting this new normal for now….Luke needs a lot of attention and we are content to make him our focus, along with the farm.
It’s a new era now.
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