When fashioning a story, we take things from our lives. Today I learned that my neighbor’s dog has passed away and I knew that her passing would inspire me. I wanted to remember her in some way because she was a very good dog, and she will be in my next Libby the Psychic Dog story.
Her name was Sally and she was a black lab. When I first met Sally, she was a rambunctious toddler who would “walk” her owner, who at 81, would struggle to hold her back. She liked to jump on you and say hello with big kisses and wags of her tail. She was one of the sweetest dogs I’ve ever met.
As she grew older, she slowed down a bit, easing my neighbors’ walks with her. They went out a few times a day and I could count on seeing her when I came home from work. She would make a beeline for my car to greet me. When I walked my dog, Trixie, she would be at her window to say hello. We always responded with a wave and a hearty, “Hi, Sally!” When I didn’t see her in the window this past month, I knew something was wrong.
Sally was suffering from back trouble and couldn’t get into the family car anymore. One day, her back gave out, and she lost the use of her back legs. She was eleven and was gently put to sleep. I will miss her and I wish I’d had a cell phone camera when she was younger. I have no pictures of her. She was a beauty and I will miss her as if she were my own.
As I said in my Facebook post, she will probably be my neighbor’s last dog. He’s almost ninety. It’s possible that my dog is the last I will own, too, and as I head into my sixties, I realize that this may be the last home I ever live in, of my own choosing that is, and the car I’m driving may be my last car. I understand my mother better now, that she was living a life of “lasts,” and I hope this realization makes me more aware of the present, loving the people in my life mindful of their being alive, and giving my husband the attention he deserves.
Peace, Sally. Say hello to Sweet Pea, Benny, Butch, Worm, Shotzi, Susie Q, Heidi,
Middie, and Chester for me.
The image came from Rocky Mountain Greyhound Adoption