Greetings friends and fans! This is The Daily Bone and I'm your diligent doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel.
We would like to say a big thank you to our wonderful Blogville friends who sent us sympathy cards for the loss of my good friend and mentor Joseph (Joey dog) Spaniel. Christmas and his human, Robin drew a beautiful picture of Joey dog inside the card. He would have been so happy to see that! We got a lovely letter from Stella Rose, Maggie Mae, Angus Mac and their family and kitties. There was a touching card from Murphy and Stanley. (We liked how they got some of the letters backward!) We truly appreciate all the outpouring of condolences and good wishes from everyone!
On Sunday we had a visit from our favorite miniature human, Ryan. He noticed that there are three garden gnomes right by the back door at our house.
He tried to have a little conversation with them, but they didn't answer because they're on a strict mission to guard the Asian lilies from red lily beetles. So he gave them a pine cone.
And now we're going to watch more of the Blogville Pawlympics. Here are the links to today's events. We didn't get Wyatt's post link until today because ghostwriter had to go to work yesterday afternoon.
Balance Beam and Hurdles presented by Wyatt and Tegan at: wyatt
Christmas hosted Channel Surfing on his site at: pawprovince
Madi held the competition for Sun Puddle Napping at: downhomeinnc
We are amazed at the athletic talent of our friends at Blogville!
Don't forget, tomorrow I will be hosting the Joseph Spaniel Ear Flapping Challenge! I've been practicing for this all my life! I look forward to seeing everybody then!
|Joey and his pear blossoms last Spring.|
Ghostwriter here. We got a question from the comments on yesterday's post. It was from someone who also lost a dear pet recently: when to get another pet. I found a lot of good information from a little pamphlet from the funeral home that handled Joey dog's cremation.
"Just as grief is a personal experience, the decision of when, if ever to bring a new pet into the home is also a personal one … When making this decision, ask yourself if you feel you are at a point in your grief that you can take on the responsibility and open your heart to a new pet."
In other words, give it a little more time. A new dog will never replace the one you lost; and they all have different personalities just like people. Chester is completely different from Joey dog, and from our two girlie dogs before him. I had been thinking about getting a new puppy in the last couple years, anticipating that Joey dog was getting old; and I didn't want Chester to be lonely. I almost got one last month, but then I decided it would be better to wait until next summer when I had more time, and less commitments.
Chester seems to be doing well now without his best friend. I still have a few crying jags. It was good to go back to work yesterday, but I was glad Chester had Dad home with him.