Thursday, August 21, 2014

Journaling to Heal

We had to say goodbye to our Dudley today.  Sad times, but now he has no more earthly troubles and I know he's running and playing with friends long since passed.

Art always soothes my soul.  The night sketch was created Sunday.  I knew our days together were numbered and I so wanted to document our wee-hour pee trip walks.  Despite the lack of sleep these trips caused, like everything with our Dudley, there was always a gift attached.  In this case some amazing night skies.  Maybe in the days to come when I get up in the middle of the night for my own trip, I'll muster up the energy to take a walk outside in honor of my sweet boy, Dudley.

I completed the rest of this page today, after saying goodbye to our boy.  Taking loving care with it, just as I did with him, helped to bring a peace to me.

We love you, Dudley.  You'll always, always be in our hearts.

13 comments:

  1. So sorry, Pam, we had the same experiences in our doggies. I hope Dudley's memories and exsistence in your hearts will help your family to become positive. Please take care and spend time as much as you like. Warm regards, Sadami

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    1. Thank you, Sadami. We are holding all the memories real close. A mix of sad and happy tears.

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  2. Hi, Pam. I'm a subscriber, but I'm not sure I've commented before. This post really touched me this morning. I love how you memorialized your Dudley, and I love all his nicknames along the border.

    We've said goodbye to four of our shelties over the years. I wish I'd begun sketchbook journaling years ago, so I could have honored their sweet lives as you have your Dudley's here. We still have two dogs with us, though, so I thank you for the gentle reminder to be mindful of all their gifts.

    Thank you for sharing Dudley with us today. I'm sorry for your loss.

    Susan

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    1. Thank you, Susan! In the heat of frustration and worry as Dudley's life began to go down hill it really helped me to look closer and see the silver lining that was always there. A caregivers role can be challenging - be it for humans or animals. Our Dudley helped me through it all.

      I'm sorry for all your losses. We love our fur friends hard and as long as we can. Thank goodness we can keep opening up our hearts to let more in!

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  3. I'm so sorry for your loss, Pam. I too have said very emotional goodbyes to beloved, aged fur-pals so I feel your pain. Dudley will now be remembered with love in your heart and in your journals.

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  4. Thank you Serena. Always so hard to let go isn't it?

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  5. I am new here, just found your blog. I am sorry about your loss. Our furry friends have such a special place in our hearts.
    I am looking forward to reading more of your posts.

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  6. Welcome, Janet! Thank you for your condolences. We are missing our sweet boy. I hope you enjoy the lowcountry through my eyes.

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  7. Pam, so sorry for your loss, I just lost mine in oct and Im still walking around in a dazz, Em and I had late night adventures looking at the moon or just enjoying the peace at thst time of the days end. I still get up and look out side but its not the same with out the best friend I've ever had,Hope all is well, Have not been hear dealing with life, I'll carry you softly in my thoughts,
    Linda

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    1. Thank you so, Linda. I, too, am sorry for your loss. I bet you, like me, had lots of good talks (even if one sided) on long walks. Sigh.....

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  8. What a beautiful 'Good By' for your Dudley.

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  9. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Losing a pet is like losing a part of the family. What a special way to grieve... art can be such a healing outlet.

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