On May 1st we said goodbye to our gentle spirited dog, Rudy.
We adopted him from the American Brittany Rescue in December 2007. It’s hard to believe that it has been only three and a half years, he’s become such a permanent part of my heart.
Rudy was 7 when he came to us, already a middle-aged dog and not a prime candidate for adoption. He was also not a hunting dog, or even a typical high-energy Brittany. What he was: perfect for our family. He did not bark, jump on people, dig, or chew. He only wanted to snuggle up for a good ear scratching and curl up at your feet for a nap. He was the most gentle dog I have ever known.
I’m still grieving, more than I expected. We knew that he was reaching the end of his life, with his old age and failing health. But you can never be prepared for how much your heart breaks when you lose a part of your family.
Waiting at the Gate of Heaven
by Emery Villeneuve
From the place where He sees all, God noticed the dog sitting just outside Heaven, anxiously watching the road leading to The Gate. "You may enter at any time" God told the creature.
"I am waiting for my master" replied the dog. "He won't be along for a very long time" God answered, " Come in and enjoy Heaven until then." "No thank you" said the dog, "I'll wait, I want to be by his side when he arrives so we can go in together." God touched the dog gently and said "If there is anything you need in the meantime don't hesitate to ask." But the dog said nothing for its attention had turned once again to the road watching hopefully for the soul it loved so well.