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A year lived without her: April 28,1997-Sept 22,2011

Hard to believe a year can have gone bye already. She is still so much apart of our lives. We see things she would love, talk about her and her antics. We go back to  places where she went and we miss her. We miss her in ways we didn’t know we would. She still inspires us, so does that mean that this sweet little tripawd dog was an influence in our lives? Ye,s and that is part of the her  that still lives on in each of us.

I never would have appreciated ‘squirrelavision’, a dog breakfast well eatened, that gardening was a happier term for digging up the yard and that shredding was an art form that only dogs and a garbage can can appreciate.

We went to our cabin in New Mexico and felt her loss so deeply. Remembering her friskiness and  curiosity , and playfulness made the tears flow once more.

What have I learned in this past year without her? That love though temporal here on earth can last beyond time, that though the raw wound has scar tissue over it, underneath is still tender. That I have a new heart for three-legged animals and have a cat to show it. That I still hate cancer and as one of the family lab is going through cancer and surgery I still have a wonderful team of prayer warriors that prays for dogs and rejoices with me over good news and cries with me over bad news. That when I think of Zip, and others like Sammy and Chilidog , Fortis, I am inspired by their toughness and good spirits even when dying and the unconditional love they gave us.

I hug and love on the dogs I have left. I pet others peoples dogs with more love and I give my family and friends more hugs knowing how precious is this gift of life.

To Zip and a life well lived. Missing you border girl.


  3 Responses

  1. A beautiful tribute.

    We had only just begun our journey with cancer when yours was ending so I never knew Zip. But you have written about her so expressively, I can feel the pain but I can also feel the pride in your beautiful warrior princess.

    There can never be enough time with our beauitful dogs. Thank you for sharing Zip with us.

    Karen and Spirit Magnum

    princess - September 26th, 2012 at 2:52 am      Reply
  2. OMGosh….these are such heartfelt and inspiring words!!! Thank you for sharing this part of your heart!

    Karen - September 21st, 2012 at 10:56 pm      Reply
  3. What a beautiful tribute to Zip, I can feel the love from here. It’s so hard to believe it’s been a year, my heart goes out to you.

    Time moves so fast, but thank Dog for those lessons that are eternal. It’s those magical ways of looking at life that say with us forever, and keep our loved ones spirits alive in our hearts.

    We give three paws up to Spirit Zip and all the other Tripawds who fought so bravely and taught so many people how to make the most of life.

    jerry - September 21st, 2012 at 4:44 pm      Reply

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