Sweet Shaggy

It’s mid-November, the landscape is bursting with color, with the holidays right around the corner. This is normally my favorite time of year but today I find myself in need of silence and mourning. Our beloved dog of twelve years passed away last night, at home, surrounded by family. He will be dearly missed.

Shaggy was the best companion, teacher, protector maybe because of his ability to sit with me in silence, offering me only his presence, no words needed, yet our communication seemed rich and vibrant.  

Everything that’s created comes out of silence. Your thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence. Your words come out of this void. Your very essence emerged from emptiness. All creativity requires some stillness.” Wayne Dyer

Shaggy would lay at my feet wherever I happen to be, look me in the eye, and appear to instinctively calculate my emotion. If I was fearful he’d move closer, if I was restless he’d give me space, if I was lonely he’d give me a lick, then grab a ball and drops it at my feet.

Can you see the inherent value in this?

Why can’t I learn to meet people where they are? To have the courage to look my worldly companions in the eye, allow them their individuality, and then drop something in front of them that invites them to play? It’s so simple. The wisdom of dogs.

Therefore to this dog will I,

Tenderly not scornfully,

Render praise and favour!

With my hand upon his head,

Is my benediction said

Therefore, and for ever.

And because he loves me so,

Better than his kind will do

Often, man or woman,

Give I back more love again

Than dogs often take of men, —

Leaning from my Human.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

These are the random thoughts I find lapping at the edge of my mind today, I feel broken, lost, immensely sad for the loss of such a vibrant part of our family. I’m taking a little break from social media, I’ll be back in a few days, and if you have a family pet give them a little love from me today. 

“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.” Dean Koontz

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  1. If we could just take one thing from our beloved pets it is to love as unconditionally as they do….its all so joyfully simple in their eyes!
    So sad about Shag Shag….he will be missed dearly by his adopted family and his buddy Hogan! hugs to you dear friend

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    1. Thanks Sue, life is just not the same without our beloved dogs, and yet life goes on. Won’t be the same up at the lake without our boy! We’ll have to send up a toast to Shaggy next time we’re together lakeside! Love, C

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  2. I am so sorry for your loss, Cheryl. We have lost several 4 footed members of our family, and the pain lasts a long time. Even so, I do smile when I think of them and the unique way each of them brought such unconditional love joy into my life. That is their gift and a treasure I carry in my heart. I hope that Shaggy will be welcomed to new friends and is playing with Sadie, Guido, Christmas and Tinta; with the sure knowledge that he will always be loved.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, and I agree, our beloved pets leave such sweet memories of “unconditional love” behind. I wish I was better at loving others the way Shaggy loved us. I’m glad to hear he has such good company to welcome him to his new home. My love to you, C

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  3. So Sorry Cheryl to hear this. From all my interactions and observances of Shaggy, while watching him in the front yard from directly across the street, gathering him back to your house from up on Midway, watching his enthusiasm getting in to the vehicle to head off to the lake, etc. He was a love, and a great dog. We feel your pain. We suddenly lost Harley, our big “made of cement” male lab 7 weeks ago to massively metastacized cancer, just ~ a week before heading off for a long trip. Of course Nala, his litter mate was devastated, and still goes looking for him. And whether I like it or not, I know I’m still in mourning. Like you and Shaggy, Harley went ‘Everywhere’ with me in the house. If I snuck away to the loo and he didn’t make it in? He would simply head-butt the door every 10 seconds or so until I opened it. I quickly learned to just wait for him so we could go in together.

    Take your time with it sweetie. He was a big part of your life and deserves his memorializing in your spirit.

    God Bless you for the love, happy life, security, health care and most of all the unconditional companionship you provided him.

    With a tear, and a hug. . .
    CT

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  4. I’m so so sorry, Cheryl. I’m thinking that Shaggy was without doubt as blessed to find himself in your life and loving family as you guys have been to have him in yours. I hear you, too, when you talk about that supreme sort of love that you got from him for 12 years, the kind of love that, as you suggest, we humans can maybe aspire to and occasionally pull off but too often miss the mark. I’m so sorry. Be well, my friend…be kind to your tender heart now. Much love.

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    1. Hi Mary Ellen, thank you for your kind words and understanding. It’s been a difficult week to say the least, the house is all wrong without Shaggy, but I’m moving past the trauma of losing him, and making my way back to the sweet memories. My love to you, C

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  5. Cheryl,

    Sending love to you and your family. I’ve experienced the pain you speak of. 😦 Shaggy no doubt lived a good life with the Oreglia family.

    Gail Xo

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    1. Thank you Mike, it’s been a tough week, so unexpected. I’m realizing now how much I took him for granted, he was always around, nosing me for a pet, snuggling on the couch, sleeping on the floor beside my bed. I tripped over him daily and now I wish more than anything he was still underfoot! Hugs, Cheryl

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