Hope everyone's weekend went well...It was very hot today, the kind of day that a beer and shade are required.
Today was also a day for us at the sanctuary to say Goodbye to our beloved Mariah. We had plenty of shade and even a breeze. The farewell we gave to Mariah included candles, wild flowers, sage, plenty of tears but memories that we will always share. Mariah's journey before the sanctuary was filled with many sad happenings and her final year's with us brought her happiness and lots of love. She was a sweet girl that had a powerful yet innocent side that she only let a few see. Her eyes carried the wild instinct and a voice that we will truly miss, she howled with sorrow and gratefulness.
We were warmed by Brenda's wonderful flute and even some of the Wolves joined in to sing to Mariah. It was a touching, yet bonding moment for all of us. There were moments after the ceremony, like a single leaf moving and the shovels falling over, that made us feel that Mariah was still there with us and making sure we didn't forget it. She was a very special part of the sanctuary and will always hold a special place in our hearts.
May your spirit run in fields that never end
And remember that you are always our special friend
There will always be a warm sun to follow
Never let another moment be filled with sorrow
You gave more to us than you know
It is time, our friend, time for you to go
We promise we will all see you again one day
In a place that we will forever howl and play