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Thursday, October 18, 2007

On the Mend


We're keeping busy. I've even cooked this week- real food instead of just throwing something together to eat. Magnum had a stray cat as a friend and a few dogs that their owners allowed to roam the neighborhood. They've come by the house to see him, the poor cat- meowed and meowed at our back door for Mags. The cat has left, realizing I guess that Magnum is gone. We actually called the cat, Magnum's cat because Mags was the only one he go to and follow around.

I've realized that Magnum has left some pretty big shoes to fill and even though dh wants a puppy for Christmas, I might not be ready. Camille is sad too, realizing the void Magnum's death has left in our family. What an integral part pets have in a family who loves them. A puppy sounds like fun and the kids are the perfect age for a new friend but my heart just isn't ready to be open for another dog.

Our turtle/tortoise acquisition is on hold while we wait to hear if our family friend will be able to send a few to the U.S., it's difficult to go through another person and do the waiting, patiently. DH will return home tomorrow and this is going to be a tough weekend between adjusting to his emotional level and going to church to receive all the sympathy that is awaiting us there.

Magnum
1992-2007

I miss you so much boy, you were there for me through so many events in my life and I loved coming home to you. I've been so blessed to have you in my life and you will always hold a special place in my heart. You were my rock through my early 20's, having the kids and all of the hills and valleys of my life so far. It's hard without you here, just being around you brought so much comfort. You were the BEST dog, friend and companion anyone could ask for. I could go on with a million different memories and stories but I can't right now because even though you were getting older, I wasn't truly prepared for you to go. I love you.

 

11 comments:

Mom2legomaniacs said...

(((Jessica)))

I am praying for you and your family. You've been hit hard in the grief area lately. I am so sorry. I hope you all can gradually start to return to a more normal routine and the pain will ease some.

What a lovely tribute to your pal! I feel the same way about my Mabel kitty who is older and blind. She is a dear and I will be lost when her time comes.

blessings
melissa

Sylvia said...

Oh, you made me cry! That's so funny that he had friends in the neighbourhood. What a popular guy! And beautiful too. If only they could live longer...

LisaWA said...

How cute he had buddies! What special memories you now have. He looks like a handsome pup!

Praying for you throughout the days dear.


You are loved, Lisa~

my5wolfcubs said...

Glad to "see" you, Jessica! And the kids, outside in the sunshine. Thanks for sharing your tribute to Magnum. *sniff*
Lee

Anonymous said...

Jessica,

I know how a the death of a beloved pet can affect the whole family. We went through the same thing last year. I had hoped time would heal my sond and daughter's pain. I couldn't bare to watch my children's cry one more day, so we bought a new puppy. After five months, I realize that was the wrong solution. No one was fulfilling the promise to help with the puppy. She became another responsiblity I didn't need, especially starting homeschooling, this year. I realize I made a real bad decision in trying to put a bandaid on my children's sorrow. Instead of trusting the LORD to heal their hurts. But, God is awesome; "Esther" was able to stay in the family. My dear sister-in-law's mother took her in. Esther has made this dear woman's life full of joy. The best part is that we get to dog sit when she go out of town. Esther is around just long enough before the routine sets in again. I guess what I'm trying to say is take your time before adding a new addition to your family. I know some people say get another pet immediately, but it was a bad choice for us. i'll be praying for your family for your loses. Comfort is very hard to express online, but here's a BIG HUG for you and your family.

Sister in Christ,
Leslie

Dee (www.Xanga.com/GraceatHome) said...

Jessica,
I'm in tears for you and the grief you are feeling. Praying for you...

Anonymous said...

What a touching memorial. It's incredible how pets are such an important part of our lives. I know that this time is hard for you in so many ways.

I'm continuing to pray for your family.

Dayle in Guatemala

Jen said...

Jessica,
I haven't talked to you in along time, but I came back here to catch up with you, and saw all you have been going through. I am so sorry for the loss of your MIL and also your precious dog at the same time! I am praying for you and your family. Lots of love,
Jen
(JenofAvonlea/ MrsIncredible who is finally again using the beautiful blogs you created for me!)

Jennefer said...

Jessica,

What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful friend! My eyes welled up with tears just reading about sweet Magnum.

I am continuing to pray for you and your family during this time of sadness. Thanks for letting us know how you are doing.

Blessings my friend
Jennefer

Writing and Living said...

(Jessica) I'm sorry for your loss.

TheTutor said...

Jessica-

Magnum was a beautiful dog and it sounds like he was a beautiful pet also. What kind of dog was he? He looks like the dog we had growing up. She was a chow/ german shepherd mix. She was a wonderful family pet.

Blessings to you all as you continue to grieve your losses.