So much bad news

July 31 /08

There's been so much bad news this week. Too many of my friends are sick, and, sadly, one of them died on Friday. It's got me thinking about how short and precious life is, and how we have to be grateful for every day that we wake up healthy and able to enjoy life.

My friend Bella was put down last week because of complications from bone surgery on her leg. She was only two years old. The news was so unexpected because we thought Bella was recovering.
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Bella R.I.P

I don't know Jackson or Kelsey Ann very well, but when I heard how sick Jackson is, and that Kelsey Ann just passed, I was full of pity for them, and for their families. I also just found out that my friend, Jericho, has been hospitalized with chronic colitis, and Zoe had two seizures the other night when her Mama forgot to give her one tiny pill.

The other night, Mama and I saw a boy walking his Poodle. He wasn't really walking her. He was kind of gently pushing her along the sidewalk. Then she just toppled over. When Mama asked if she could help, the boy told her that his dog would be put down the next day because she was old, blind, deaf and arthritic. It was unbearable to watch that little girl struggle.

So I sat out in the garden today, surrounded by blooming flowers ~ beautiful living things ~ to be contemplative and to pay my respects to my unfortunate friends.

I hope Bella, Kelsey Ann, and the Poodle are happy, and having fun tumbling on clouds. And I pray that Jackson recovers, and that Zoe and Snickers never have another seizure, and that Jericho will stop being sick. I pray that all my friends will have a long and healthy life, and that I will too.


Live life intensely.

16 comments:

Petey said...

What a beautiful, powerful post, Chef. We have to take some comfort in the fact that we can't tell time, we have no concept of whether our lives are long or short, if today is just another day or our last.

All we know is that we're here to love and be loved and for as long as we can, to bring joy.

Your pal,

Petey

Dewey Dewster said...

Chef....

Yes, the news we have been hearing lately about all our dogggie friends has not been good...it's particularly sad when ya have ta saw goodbye to a special friend and offer lots of prayers fer the ones who are still with us but seriously ill. Flowers are beautiful and sitting among them should remind all of us that life is precious and ya have a special gift if ya have yer health. Let's hope that everyone who has lost it will find it again soon......

Dewey Dewster here.....

FleasGang said...

We agree with everything you said Chef. We hope everydoggie is home safe and healthy.

The FleasGang

Rambo said...

Chef,
that was a very heartfelt post, my friend. You are right! Sometimes we have to stop and smell the roses and appreciate the little (like me) or the big (like you) things in life.
My thoughts and prayers go to the doggies or kitties that crossed over the bridge, and to their families that miss them.
Rest in peace.
Rambo

Asta said...

Oh Chef
That wasso bootifully put..I've been weally sad about all ouw sick fwiends and the ones who had to cwoss ovew this week, but Petey said something vewy smawt..we only know the love, not the time..and I hope that we will all meet again someday ovew the wainbow..my sympafies to youw fwiends, and I will not give up hoping fow Jackson's wecovewy
smooochie kisses
ASTA

Niamh said...

Chef,

That is so sad about your friend Bella. I am sure you miss her very much.

Thanks for reminding us that life is precious. Aren't we lucky that we have wonderful people to love us and care for us.

Your friend,
Niamh

the 4 Bs said...

hi Chef, lots of us dogs have been pondering our lives lately, and thinking of our pals. it makes us really sad and our mom's eyes leak too. we want everydog to be healthy and happy and strong. we are keeping our positive poodle attitudes for everydog. thanks for being our friend!

woofs.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

What a lovely post, Chef. You have a good heart and obviously care about all your friends. We were saddened last night to find Kelsey Ann of The Kapp Pack had to be helped to the bridge. There is so much sadness some days, it's good to sit in the garden and contemplate.

Georgeous said...

Chef, you are such a caring fellow. Sorry about your friend Bella. I guess us dogs have to seize every moment of joy.
Lots of love and compassion
George

Deetz said...

Amen. Chef. Amen
Deetz

Lacy said...

w00f's Chef, me finally got to past a comment...dat wuz very well saidid...we has to think about positive stuffs...me n my mama has cried all week..me iz sorrwy u lost ur friend Bella...and hope ur other friends will soon git well...from now on instead of saying goodbye to our friends we are gonna celebrate their life...

b safe,
~rocky~

Abby said...

Hi, Chef...

I'm so sad to hear about your friend Bella...

Your post was lovely...It has been a very sad week...

Abby xxxooo

Jackson said...

Hello Chef, thanks for your kind words, they really mean a lot to me and the Js. J x

Jennifer said...

Dearest Chef,

I hope you know I love you and that my momma is so touched by this lovely tribute that you've included my big sister, Bella, in. You worded your post well. Live life intensly.

I miss Bella so much I cannot even begin to explain. Momma knows that yes, dogs do mourn too.

We are having a really hard time but reading your blog makes us happy in the knowledge that we have people and dogs who care...even if we haven't sniffed or played lickymouth, I know you'd be my best buddy Chef when we meet.

Woofs and slobbers from your very sad and lonely Newfie friend,

Gabe

(you know Bella still sends you lots of slobbers, because she could slobber better than anydog.)

Eric said...

Chef, you expressed that beautifully. Thank you. I echo your prayers in every way.
Wags, Eric

The Zoo Crew said...

What a lovely tribute. It's been a sad time at DWB......

No one could say it better; you're right: Live life intensely!!

Kai