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    On Tuesday, we had to help our beloved Raven walk on, or more accurately, to help her body catch up to where her spirit had already gone. When we sang our girl home to the Rainbow Bridge, it was one of the hardest things we had to do - for the third time in six months, all with beloved pets in what should have been their prime.

    Yes, we "sin" (though I hold that sin is hurting others, and that nothing else should be called a sin - and you better believe that "others" includes the Earth and animals in my book). We sorrow, especially with this so raw. We share our hurts in both helpful and harmful ways. We swear, sometimes a lot.

    But we never forget to feed "our guys", the dogs and cats who depend on us. We do not turn away from a moment that could be shared with one of them, especially Bitty Dog, the oldest at 11 1/2.

    I am a Pagan, not a Christian. But that does not mean that when I look into the eyes of another, I do not see what Christians call Christ looking back at me. I saw it in the tear-filled eyes of our vet as she helped our puppy girl cross, as our girl had a seizure and she tried to make it as easy on all of us - me with my arms wrapped around Raven, Charles at my side, and Raven herself as she walked on to the broken voices of her humans singing her the farewell song, "Where Good Dogs Dance", that I wrote nearly fourteen years ago.

    We grieve.

    And I just wanted to let you know you helped that grief heal a little. Thank you.

    Organ donors save lives! A donor's kidney gave me my life back on 02/18/11; he lives on in me. Please talk with your family about your wish to donate.

    Why are war casualty counts "American troops" and "others" but never "human beings"?

    by Kitsap River on Sat Nov 24, 2012 at 01:37:55 AM PST

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