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Pawsitive Pondering: R is for Remembrance

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   12 Comments | Posted in A-Z Challenge · award · Pawsitive Pondering · Remembrance

Since my theme for the A to Z Challenge revolves around my pets, I want to honor the beloved furries I’ve loved and lost.

Pawsitive Pondering

R is for Remembrance 
You will be forgotten never —
loved forever.
Woven into the tapestry of our lives.

Hank. . .the pooch of my youth. I begged for a puppy.  Daddy agreed, as long as I could find a pup at the Humane Society that would stay small and wouldn’t shed. Hank grew to well over 70 pounds and shed enough fur to stock a mattress factory. But he comforted my teenage heartaches and kept all my secrets. He was my best friend.

Galliano. . .the first pet my husband and I adopted together just a couple months after our marriage. Gally shared our early years.  He helped us welcome our first two children. He greeted each of them with a wagging tail and the desire to protect. He was the first dog they knew, and his nurturing helped them understand the love of a furry friend. He even liked the cat.

Ralphie. . .orange Tabby extraordinaire.  He joined our family when our son was just 2.  Ralphie proved what cat lovers already know: Cats are not aloof, they just have a heightened sense of personal preference.  Ralphie was friendly and funny and loving. He enjoyed being with his humans, and even took to snuggling with the dog at bedtime.
Riley. . .joined our family after Gally departed. Like the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz, Riley possessed a noble heart; like the Lion he was protective and courageous; and like the Scarecrow, funny, joyful, and nurturing. Anyone who has known the love of a Golden Retriever will agree there is little that compares to the gentle spirit of these creatures. Riley  joined our family when my son was 7 and my oldest daughter 2. He shared our joy in the birth of our youngest daughter. He is the dog my children felt the closest to during their youth, the one who stuck by them through thick and thin, hot and cold, rain or shine, light or shadow.  Lionhearted Riley grew up with our family.

Tasha. . .was an old girl of 7 when we adopted her. A sweet-natured Samoyed, her first family brought her home as a puppy, kept her outdoors, and then opted to give her away because they liked to travel and it was a hassle to board her. Their lack of kinship with this big bear was our gain. Despite her age, Tasha integrated immediately and became fast friends with Riley.  She decided living inside a nice warm house with loving humans beat a leaky doghouse any day and she thrived from our attention.  She and Riley became best buddies. When Tasha died, Riley became so distraught that the vet recommended we get another dog. 
Sandy. . .A funny little rescue dog who chose us. The day we met her she escaped from her foster home and jumped in our car. She knew we would belong to her. Sandy helped us overcome the grief we felt at the loss of Tasha. Years passed, and when Riley began to show his age, Sandy treated him with kindness and compassion (I wrote a story about their friendship, “Sandy Dreams,” published in Cup of Comfort for Dog Lovers). After we lost our Riley boy to old age, Sandy took care of us. She finally became an old girl herself and joined her pal Riley in a heavenly meadow—stocked, we hope, with an unlimited supply of tennis balls.
You know by now we aren’t a family to live long without a dog and cat. . .or two. . .or three. Currently, we have the pets you’ve seen for Pawsitive Pondering, and will see for the remaining days—our two Lab-mixes, Rigby and Penny; and our three cats, Tabby, Bailey and Luna. The other dogs and cats who have shared their wisdom here are part of the family, but reside with my grown children. No matter. We love them all.
Thank you for indulging me. I hope this post brought to your mind memories of beloved pets of your own. Tomorrow there will be more Pawsitive Pondering!
I owe a huge “THANKS!” to Wendy at The Frustrated Foodie for bestowing upon me the Stylish Blogger award.  Wendy’s blog is a delightful mix that includes Caturday (and you know I love that one) and food related posts. She also participates in Book Blurb Friday, and I hope you’ll give her blog a visit. Thanks again, Wendy, for this award. I appreciate your encouragement.
The rules are as follows:
1. Thank and link back to the person giving you the award.
2.  Share 7 things about yourself.
3.  Award 10-15 blogs who you think deserve this award.
4.  Contact these bloggers and let them know about the award.
Once again, thank you Wendy! And here are seven facts about me:
1.  I have lived in seven states:  Arizona, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Nevada, Florida, Texas and Georgia.
2.  Romantic comedies are my favorite movie genre, and I’ve seen “While You Were Sleeping” and “Sweet Home Alabama” more times than I can count.
3.  Hugh Jackman is my favorite actor, with Johnny Depp coming in a close second.
4.  “The Sound of Music” is my favorite musical. 
5.  The aisle seat in airplanes is my preference, and I keep my eyes closed during take-off and landing.
6.  I’m a serial plant killer. (I either over water, under water, or don’t water. It’s a curse.)
7.  I know how to induce self-hypnosis. My Daddy was a professional hypnotist and taught me self-hypnosis when I was in high school to help me focus during tests. It is also the method by which I delivered all three of my kids without the benefit of anesthesia.
The next step is for me to pass this award along to 10 or 15 other bloggers.  What I’m going to do instead is this:  There are thousands of blogs out there, and I don’t follow every one that I come across. If I follow you, please know that I consider you a worthy recipient of this Stylish Blogger award, and accept it for your very own! All I ask is that you let me know you accepted the award so I may visit your blog and read the seven things about you. 
Thanks for visiting Writing in the Buff. I hope you’ll be back tomorrow for Book Blurb Friday and more Pawsitive Pondering.

12 Responses to "Pawsitive Pondering: R is for Remembrance"

  1. Comment by Arkansas Patti
    April 21, 2011 at 8:23 am  

    Being an animal lover extraordinaire myself, I LOVED this post. Their memories never really leave us do they?Congrats on your award and I enjoyed learning more about you. The part about self-hypnosis I found really interesting. I once worked for a dentist that taught his patients who were interested the art and some were good enough that no pain killers or numbing was necessary. Seeing was believing.

  2. Comment by Bish Denham
    April 21, 2011 at 10:14 am  

    Awwww, remembering sweet pets. I have a heart-full of memories for past pets. Sigh.

  3. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    April 21, 2011 at 10:31 am  

    What a bittersweet post, Lisa, and how wonderful that your family has been able to help so many animals over the years. It's one of those circular, mutual blessings to share the love a pet has to give. Thanks for sharing this part of your heart with me!

  4. Comment by Karen Lange
    April 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm  

    What a wonderful gang – thanks for sharing the pics! Congrats on the award! You are a stylish blogger! :)Have a great weekend,Karen

  5. Comment by Linda H.
    April 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm  

    Awww…all your pets were adorable. Makes me miss my old pets. At the moment all we have is my daughter's dwarf hamster. She is the sweeetest little thing.Congrats on the stylish blogger award.

  6. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    April 21, 2011 at 7:10 pm  

    I loved this post, Lisa. I enjoyed meeting everybody, and see that you must prefer blondes around there. It made me sad for my old friends though.Hey, one of my very favorite all time movies that I never tire of is "While you Were Sleeping" too!Well, I'm working on my blurb; the story is done, now I just need a copy of the picture. See ya in the morning light …Kathy M.

  7. Comment by BECKY
    April 21, 2011 at 9:16 pm  

    Hi Lisa! What a lovely tribute to all your loving family members! Very sweet! And congrats on your award!

  8. Comment by Susan Fobes
    April 21, 2011 at 10:12 pm  

    We could never be an animal free house either, although we did try. (We got our dog about a year and a half after the death of a beloved dog and cat-things were just too quiet…)

  9. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    April 21, 2011 at 10:35 pm  

    Patti – That's interesting about the dentist you worked for. I wish my Dad were alive so I could tell him about it. Back then hypnosis was still considered "occult" and wasn't understood by most folks in general. Happily, that is changing. Bish – Thanks for your comment.Deb – Now that you have Indy, I know you understand where I'm coming from. :)Karen – Thanks!Linda – We've had hamsters in the past, too. The last was a little fella named Larry who wasn't the friendliest furry kid in town. My daughter now has two pet rats! They're actually very cool.Kathy – We do seem to prefer blonds, don't we? But that is just how it worked out. I have a black Lab mix, Penny, and a gray cat. πŸ™‚ Looking forward to your blurb!Becky – Thank you!Susan – After Sandy passed I told everyone it would be a long time before we got another dog. I lasted eight weeks. LOL

  10. Comment by Josh Hoyt
    April 21, 2011 at 11:36 pm  

    Remembering is so important to me. I think about all the things that have brought me joy in my life. Congrats on the award.

  11. Comment by Sioux
    April 21, 2011 at 11:55 pm  

    Thanks, Lisa. I accepted the award. (Every woman needs a little black award!)

  12. Comment by Tammy
    April 22, 2011 at 10:34 am  

    This post really touched me–both because of your memories of past furry loved ones and the memories of my own that it brought to mind. Love is something we'll never forget. Congratulations on being so stylish!

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