Style is more than just what you wear. It’s what you like, who you spend time with and what you stand for.
Last week I lost my dog of 17 years. He had a good long life, was with me in the end and died in my arms. Although I knew he would not live forever and his health was failing, I was unprepared for how his death would affect me.
It has been a rough week saying goodbye to to him. I find he is a part of me, and who I am.
Theo was with me when my first marriage fell apart, and lived with me as a single girl in my apartment in New York. Always there to comfort me during any unexpected life changes, he was an unconditional giver. We had a special bond. When new opportunities arose and I moved, he made North Carolina his home with me, continuing to comfort me through life in a new place away from my friends and family, infertility and life in general. He has been a sweet, quirky presence; always there… a part of my life and family I have come to associate strongly with.
I miss that little doggie terribly. A week hasn’t done much to sooth that, but I am beginning to understand how he will always be with me. He is in my heart, and a permanent part of who I am.
Our pets, our family, our friends, causes we support, what we care about, all shape who we are. There will never be another Theo, but I will keep his spirit alive in how I live my life, what I care about, and how I treat people. I will always be grateful for having this little guy in my life.
Thank you, Theo!