Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend.

18 Nov

Abby & Pepper at Lake Cumberland in 2004

Saying goodbye to a friend, whether it’s four-legged, two-legged, or no-legged is always a difficult thing.  On November 9, 2012, I had to say goodbye to my Jack Russell Terrier, Pepper, who had been apart of our family for nearly 15 years.  Today would have been Pepper’s 15th birthday, so I decided to commemorate her by writing a blog post about her.

Pepper was my Christmas present when I was only 6 years old.  She was the perfect family dog and I’m thankful for all the memories we were able to make with her in her long, adventurous life.  Pepper came everywhere with our family, whether it be on our boating trips to Lake Cumberland, family Christmas gatherings in Cleveland, or to our friend’s houses to play with their dogs.  She was always at the ballpark to support me during my softball games.  When I rode the bus home from elementary school, she even waited at our front window for me at the same time every day.

Animals are a huge part of a family, and no one can explain the bond you have with your pet until you experience it firsthand.  Although the house feels empty without her, we know she is no longer suffering, which is something you never want anyone you love to go through.

One of the best things about our society’s use of technology is the way we are able to connect with people we rarely see.  Because of this, our family, which extends all across the country, was informed of Pepper’s passing through social media sites.  We received many sympathy emails and messages in the week after she passed, which was very special.  Our veterinarian even sent us a card which is not something I would have expected him to do.

Cherish each moment you have with your loved ones, whether it be a pet or a family member, because making memories is one of the sweetest of life’s joys. 🙂

RIP little Pepper

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3 Responses to “Saying Goodbye to an Old Friend.”

  1. reginahairston November 19, 2012 at 5:09 am #

    Hi Abby!
    This was very touching and I’m sorry for your loss. I have a 1 year old Yorkie named Prince and I couldn’t image life without him but I know that day will come. It’s awesome that you have so many memories with Pepper and it’s great that everyone was there for you and your family during that time. Great post.

    • adobras November 19, 2012 at 5:28 am #

      Thanks so much! I bet Prince is a cutie! Enjoy him 🙂

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