I hope all of you had a good weekend...This past week was filled with many emotions, mostly of sadness. It is said that with Love there is loss and that is the cycle of life, it always seems unfair no matter what the situation. This posting is a dedication to the sweet souls that have passed on to a place that they can always be wild.Every animal that we have in our lives creates a special and unique bond that can never be broken. Our most current loss, Mariah, is a soul that has touched many. She became very sick this past week and it was time for her to pass on to a place that she could always be free. Her spirit is still very strong at the sanctuary, as are all the other ones that have crossed over. I felt the emptiness today while visiting but I also felt a freedom that I know must of come from Mariah. While bonding with Taz, I asked her if she would like to sing to Mariah. I started to howl and she followed immediately, as if we were singing a melody of love and sorrow. I started to cry and Taz continued while having her front paws on a cement block reaching up as high as she could to let Mariah know we miss her and will always remember her.
To love an animal is more than physical, it's an understanding of what they teach us and how they touch our lives. Kani was an old, sweet soul that was happy just to be around others. Sachem brought a bit of playfulness and rowdiness that could only be explained as that he was a "brat". But a beautiful, handsome brat he was. Then there is the sweet, kindred soul of Denali, Spirit's soul mate. He was a Wolf that carried so much kindness and love that you would forget he was a wild animal. Then there is Little Feather, a sweet, fluffy soul that Brenda, the owner of the sanctuary rescued. He had the heart and bravery of a warrior, and was Timber's best buddy.
There is never a time that all of us at the sanctuary do not mention or think about all of the souls that have passed on.
We always have to remind ourselves that going through a loss is painful, difficult and at times unbearable, but it's part of who we are and what we do. If animals in our lives lived as long as we did, the appreciation for them and the way they teach us wouldn't hold the same meaning. Plus, we wouldn't have the opportunity to have numerous animals join us on our short journey on mother Earth. Of course, I write all of this with tears running down my cheeks.....
Having animals in one's life is a gift, even after they have passed on.....I know I wouldn't have it any other way.
Take care everyone! I still plan on sharing the Alaska trip that a friend of the sanctuary has been on...