|Excited, delighted, and proud: |
Cousins Wyatt and Nadya, and Maya and Isabel, take turns
holding Maude's leash on a sunny spring day, 2008.
I know that a dog can make your life rich and full and messy in ways you can barely fathom. Steady, devoted, good-natured, affectionate, loyal. This one, Maude of Autumn Morning, will be remembered for her swift legs, sweet nature, keen interest in squirrels, affinity for foul-smelling things, shy demeanor, and long blessed life. First as litter-mate to our dear boy, Harold, taken too soon as a puppy on the loose, then as elder sister to young Elias, who joined our family in 2002 as a companion for Maude.
Today we bid her farewell and released her from this earthly realm after 13 years of steadfast companionship. What do I know? I know she was ready to go, that we were entrusted with the task of bringing her life to a close, and that she will be sorely missed. I know that Eli, approaching 12, has the challenging task of carrrying on in familiar turf without her.
We knew Maudie well; 13 years together is ample time to get a good read on a girl. She knew us well too, better than we'd care to admit. We understood that love came in many forms and bask in the sure comfort that it reaches us still, even in death.
Dear girl, Godspeed. May your grand off-leash adventure begin!