Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
~ Rodger A. Caras
I grumbled about the dog hair dust bunnies and wet paw prints on freshly washed floors. I complained about picking up dog poop, though that was the kids’ job. I thoroughly enjoyed taking the dogs up for a walk, not minding the leash, or anything else, and knowing that they would follow. I did not realize that losing both of our family dogs nearly at the same time would leave such a gaping wound in our hearts. Charlie and Sagey, we will miss you and your waggy tails, your dog smiles and the devotion you showed us year after year. Our little family grew up with you, after all. Hope that wherever you are, you are enjoying water and loving on each other, just as you did home. We are better people for having had you in our lives. We will always remember how you loved to sleep ‘wheels up’ and how you somehow did not realize you were not a lap dog. How the compost bin, and sandwiches were never safe around you Sagey, and how you were a sucker for popcorn, Charlie. We are hurting because you are gone, but you will not be forgotten.