Surround yourself with people who will lift you up, especially when you are down.
This week we had to say goodbye to my beloved Isabella, my "Izzy". She was the most beautiful canine spirit I had ever known. I loved her more than I could ever convey. To people who think "it's just a dog", I feel very sorry for you. For if that is the case, you have never felt the nuzzle of a loving nose who is comforting you when you don't feel well. You are missing out on the sweet cock of a head that is earnestly listening to you when you sing "Isabella!!!!" You are deprived of a fluffy, warm body who will comfort you after a long day.
Isabella overcame so much. I brought her home many years ago and she had severe intestinal issues that took almost 6 months to clear up. Several years ago she developed acute glaucoma in one eye and had to have it removed. Then she developed it in the other eye and it also had to be removed. We thought that would be it for her but in January of 2018, she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. We were devastated. But through the grace of God, we were blessed with exactly 12 more months to cherish our baby girl. We truly enjoyed her each and every day. But in January 2019 she became ill with another intestinal issue and stopped taking her heart meds and eating her food. Towards the end of the month she developed kidney failure and pancreatitis. A small voice whispered in my heart two messages: spend as much time with her as you can. The other message: she's giving up. On January 30, that became reality, and surrounded by her 4 humans and 2 very loving people at the vet, she took her last breath and crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
I'm in tears as I write this. It will take quite a bit if time for me to heal. But I am truly blessed. I am surrounded by so many loving people who are lifting me up at this very, very sad time. I want to say thank you and I appreciate you. Without you I couldn't do it. I truly love each and every one of you, and if you are reading this, you are one of them! I'm going to still need a lot of understanding and love as I continue heal. I'm just grateful to have you helping me at this difficult time.