Friday, December 23, 2011

All Dogs go to Heaven - Janelle

Running Mates at the Christmas Memory Tree

Tonight was our last run as a group before christmas. This time of year, we all get the chance to spend time with family and friends. It's a time to remember what and who are important to us, and our dear friend Ally sure reminded us to value our loved ones. She lost her best friend this weekend, her four-legged partner Sydney of 15 years. In loving memory of Sydney, we went to the memory tree by Sandy Beach and Ally placed a photo in memorial of her dearest companion. 

 I was very touched by the compassion our running friends shared. It was very saddening to see photos of other lost pets on the tree. My best friend Patches passed away last september after being with us for 15 years. At 23, every memory I had was with my little mister. Through every bump in life, he licked my tears away. Seeing a friend experience the same loss I and so many friends have experienced is heart wrenching. Ally, We love you and take comfort in knowing Sydney is up in doggy Heaven with my little mister and every other beloved dog. They live on in us everyday, for everything I know about friendship, I learned from my dog. 

My last day with Patches: September 1st 2010
"I talk to him when I'm lonesome like; and I'm sure he understands.  When he looks at me so attentively, and gently licks my hands; then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat.  For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that."  ~W. Dayton Wedgefarth

Merry Christmas Everyone! We'll be back to the grind soon, so take advantage of this very mild weather to enjoy time with family and friends. And take lots of pictures! They always help keep memories alive. 

Anytime I think of my man, this song comes to mind.
Also of note; The Hervis Half Marathon is in 100 days! Afton and I will be increasing our training time in the New Year! Wish us luck :)

1 comment:

  1. That's such a great photo Janelle- and Sydney is up there in the corner, just like the angel that he is- looking down from dog heaven