I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season – I can’t believe it’s already two weeks into 2008!
Sadly we had to say goodbye to our beloved dog, Finnegan, just after the New Year. He was just an awesome pet. We’ve been remembering stories about him and digging up old photographs which I’m going to put together in an album for each of my kids. My son, Ian, had a strong bond with Finn and so it’s been particularly hard on him. I know people who don’t have pets find it hard to understand the grief we "pet owners" feel when the time comes to say goodbye to our pets. Since I’ve lost both of my parents I can say that it’s not as hard and long lasting as losing a human loved one but the pain and sadness is like losing a family member just the same. They play such a huge part in our day-to-day lives that it feels so eerie not to have him sitting by the door or sleeping at the side of our beds or letting us know it’s time for a walk or to be fed. He had a great life and we were all richer for having had him in our lives these past 10 years. This is one of the last pictures taken of him just before Christmas.
Here is a picture of the family (well except me because I’m taking the picture) of us this past summer at Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver – Finn enjoyed the walk but it got pretty steep in places – he just puddled along at his own pace.
Golden Retrievers love the water and the snow (just frozen water to them) – here’s some pics of Finn enjoying two of his favourite pastimes – swimming and playing in the snow!
I’ll be back tomorrow with our regular scheduled programming – Stamping!