One dog in particular, Sam, I think, was one of her greatest loves. Through the roughest times of her life and especially at the end, Sam was there. After my Mom passed, Sam became sick as well. Heartbroken? Possibly...after all, they spent 24/7 together. It was only 5 months later after my Mom passed, that Sam had to be euthanized due to health. Age 13 was not a good year for me! As I reflect on her birthday, I realize my love of dogs is so strong because of her example. She treated them with such kindness and love because after all, they kept her company and were in fact her best friends.
I have often shared with my clients during sessions, that their animal wants to come back to them. There are many different schools of thought out there about animals reincarnating. I can tell you my own experience is that they do! Maybe not all, but some! Sam is an example of that. The Sam that shares my life now, is the same Sam that shared my life when I was 13. When I first laid eyes on him at the shelter, I KNEW it was him. Not only does he have an uncanny resemblance to him, his mannerisms and soft gentle heart are one in the same. I often wonder why he chose to come back and the reason that resonates the most with me is because he didn't have the chance to say good bye. One day I came home from school and he was gone. For years, I just buried the grief and never really felt it. I think when it comes time to say good bye again, ( I tell him he has MANY years to go) I will hold on to the fact he came back just to be with me again and I HOPE letting him go will be easier.
( who am I kidding??? There is no possible way THAT is gonna happen..lol) But for now, I am so filled with gratitude for all that he did for my Mom while here and all the love that he shares with me daily, I try not to ever think about it. ( again, who am I kidding??)
Today, I celebrate the life of a woman who gave me one of my greatest gifts and joys...the love of dogs. Happy Birthday Mom! I owe this work to you.
Below is a picture of my Mom and Sam...I apologize for the poor quality, but it is only one of the few I have left.