Tomorrow, I will say goodbye to my 16-1/2- year-old sweet Brandy. In September 2014, I published this photo on Monochromia, and tonight, I felt the need to share it again. Back then, I wrote:
She’s mostly deaf, losing more of her sight weekly, turning grayer each month. But this soon-to-be 15-year-old miniature pinscher is still my loyal companion. And I love watching her as she curls up and naps in the little spots of light and warmth that she finds around the house. Love you, Brandy, old girl…
She did end up deaf and blind, and especially lately, she has begun to struggle more and more. I have prayed for her to go in her sleep, but apparently this is not to be. And so, two days ago, we had to make the difficult and painful decision to help her go. Perhaps, in the end, Brandy knows best: she will be surrounded by those she loves and who love her, and that really does give me peace.
Yesterday, a friend shared a long-ago quote by Roger Caras, the host of the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show: “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” To Brandy, thank you for enriching our lives with laughter, cuddles, and above all, your unflagging love. My heart is heavy, but I know you will rest among the angels.