So, go home tonight and just soak in the ordinary moments: The tail slapping against the floor, just because you walked by. The nose flip to your hand because you stopped petting him. How they look at you from the sides of their eyes when they are enjoying a special toy or treat. How they greet you at the door. The way they twitch while dreaming. Take time out to just listen to them breathe. Listen to their hearts beat. Take a lot of mental photographs and a lot with a camera too. Just be so happy for an ordinary day. It is the ordinary days that will help you get through the horrible un-ordinary days.
I still miss him, I still cry a lot. But I know I am a better person having had him in my life. The pain I have is miniscule compared to the 11 years of laughter, love, companionship, protection and devotion he gave me.
Enjoy your ordinary day and all the loving ordinary moments because they are all so very special.
Marnye Summers lives in Agua Dulce, Calif., about 50 miles north of Los Angeles. She is a retired vet tech and pet sitter, who for the 10 years she ran her pet-sitting business, donated 100 percent of the net proceeds to Villalobos, the Pit Bull rescue featured on the Animal Planet's "Pit Bulls & Parolees." She is also a metal sculpture artist, who now donates the proceeds from her art. Over the years, she has adopted many rescue dogs. At the moment, there are just three dogs at home, including a three-legged Terrier-mix named Brillo. marnyesummers.com