Strange and actually even fitting to see that someone has a new puppy. With death brings life, huh? At 8:00am this morning my mom called me to let me know my dog had passed. Really sad. Not unexpected as "Scruffy" was 13-14 years old. Grandma (who past away years ago) gave the dog to me and my sister as I was just starting high school. That little puppy had lots of personality. A really cool dog. Not because it could retrieve things or beat up other dogs, or even listened all too well. But she was always there when you needed her and gave life to the house. A really fun friend to have around. As I grew up, graduated from high school and college, got a job and generally the family wasn't in the house too much anymore, the dog wasn't getting enough attention. So we decided to have the house behind us (our uncle and aunt and kids) to keep the dog. They loved her so that was cool. From there, I saw her about once a week or so. Sometimes less. She loved it when she saw any of us again while she was getting walked. We'd always be busy off to go somewhere and only had time for a quick pet and rub. On rare days off I'd spend time just sitting on the porch with her if I saw my aunt or uncle. Those days were the best. Just chillin' with an old friend pretty much. Well, she just kept getting slower, less agile, couldn't make it up the steps anymore, wasn't running as fast, and all those other things you notice when the family friend ages. I always hated helping her up the steps or back into my aunt's house. I felt even at those times she was slipping away. That lasted a couple years and today I awoke with messages on my phone saying she past away. It was just yesterday too she spent a little time at my house for some reason, and was sleeping the whole time, which now that I think about it, makes sense. They say she spent the night shivering and whining. They thought she was just cold. The next morning she was past next to her water dish. We thought about burying her but eventually thought that wasn't the best idea, with other animals roaming about and to pass by that spot everyday would probably sadden us to no end. Plus she seemed more deserving than just to get buried in the dirt backyard. So cremation we thought was the nicest way to say goodbye to an old friend and companion. I guess I wrote out all of this to make you hug and enjoy your dog, cat, turtle, bunny, and other extensions of the family a little bit more than usual. We all get caught up in life's daily hustles and bustles, but let's not forget there is a little pal at home waiting patiently all day for you to come through the door. I guess this extends to all other people, places, and things in life as well.