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Lessons fromlily 2018

  1. 1. Lessons from Lily I have had many pets in my life, but she was different… special. It would be my 1st Christmas as a single mother; I wanted it to be special. I had wanted a puppy for some time, so the thought of a Christmas morning surprise for my 3 small children delighted me.
  2. 2. On Christmas Eve I answered an ad in the newspaper. I walked through the gate and sat on the ground. One of the little balls of fur ran over to play with me, and I knew she was the one. That night as we snuggled quietly on the sofa, I fell in love with her.
  3. 3. Morning came, and the children came down the stairs to a squirmy little puppy with a red bow around her neck. She was like a Hallmark card in her little gold box under the tree. It was just as I had imagined as they ran to her squealing and laughing – pure joy! What would we name her? Lily Noel, they said, after a friend and it was Christmas after all.
  4. 4. Lily quickly became part of our family, and every day that passed it became clear that her heart’s desire was to please us. My 7 year old Michael had his tonsils out just a week later, and she was right by his side, not even squirming, as he wanted to cuddle. Even as a puppy, she seemed to know what we needed.
  5. 5. As she grew, she became my companion. We ran together each morning. She was there when we needed a shoulder. She was always there.
  6. 6. I never thought about the fact that she wouldn’t be here forever. She aged so gracefully, but her health began to deteriorate. When she could barely walk, barely breathe, I knew the time had come to say goodbye.
  7. 7. The day arrived. I gathered her favorite blanket, my other doggie, (and her constant companion) Roxie, and we drove to the vet. They loved her there, always doting over her.
  8. 8. We spread the blanket out, and I lay down with her. Roxie lay with us too. The Dr. came in, and after we cried for a while, she gave Lily an anesthetic injection so she could relax and fall asleep. The doctor left us, saying it would take about ten minutes. I held her little head in my hand and rubbed her nose. I talked to her about the day she came into our lives and how much the kids loved her.
  9. 9. I reminded her of the naughty things that we later laughed about, like the time she chewed up my linoleum floor…..
  10. 10. and the fact that she had barked during our entire wedding ceremony.
  11. 11. I told her how much joy she had brought into my life and how much I loved her. She began to get sleepy, her little eyes drooping. Tears were dripping from my eyes onto her face. Right before she went to sleep, she licked my hand. I knew she was saying goodbye and telling me it was ok – that it was time to go.
  12. 12. Even though I cried so hard, snot was running out of my nose, I realized that her exit from my life was every bit as special as her entrance. She didn’t die alone. She didn’t die in pain. She died with me. And that’s how it was supposed to be.
  13. 13. What We Learned Now that she’s gone, I realize how much our family learned from her. These lessons will keep her memory alive forever.
  14. 14. Sometimes, bite off more than you can chew Over time, you might find that you can actually chew it.
  15. 15. Hug those special to you
  16. 16. And then hug some more.
  17. 17. Rest
  18. 18. Keep your cool when things get heated You’ll gain respect.
  19. 19. Sometimes just show your teeth You don’t always have to bite
  20. 20. Go ahead and get wet…. Your fur will eventually dry!
  21. 21. Don’t forget to enjoy the leaves first… Before you rake them all up.
  22. 22. Sometimes…say nothing Silence can be Golden
  23. 23. Love your family
  24. 24. Be patient with others. They may not be as mature as you are.
  25. 25. And finally: Always, always continue to learn and grow. You can teach an old dog new tricks!
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