Saturday, September 06, 2008

Good bye, my dear sweet friend...

My dear Ally... we miss you already. Lucy does too. You were her best friend, and you were always there for me. You were our first "child". I remember the day we found you in the pound in College Station; you were shaking from fear and you would not move; you were skin and bones. What drew us to you? I don't know, but we knew we wanted to rescue you, love you, and protect you. You wouldn't move from the same spot on the floor for days. Then, you eventually moved to the couch. You wouldn't eat out of a bowl because you were afraid of it so for a good 2 years you ate directly off the floor. Goofy, dog. :) You always had your quirks. You would not go to anyone but me for a while and then, you finally felt safe with Matt too. We made a small family and you allowed us into your circle of trust. You allowed me to cry to you through the years of a difficult marriage, then miscarriages, anger at God, and moves, and you were in my circle of trust. You heard things that I never told anyone else. Your circle widened to include my whole family as they showered you with love over the years. You eventually became our little hostess when people came over, sitting so politely as if you wanted to join in on the conversation. You went from being introverted and fearful to being loving, compassionate, playful and sweet. 

I will miss your sweet presence, your peace, your hand shakes, your snoring, the way you would hop around before we went on a walk, the way you'd stop abruptly in the middle of our walks to lay in the grass in the shade.  I will miss the way you flattened your ears out to the side and, with your tubby body, looked just like Yoda. I will miss your contagious smile. Anyone who really knew you would agree that you were the most well-behaved, disobedient dog. You knew the rules but you did only what you wanted to do. 

I can't thank the Lord enough for the season of life that included you. Now, that season is over and we have to move on... as little as I'd like to move on without you, my friend. I personally don't believe that dogs go to heaven; I believe that your job is specifically for here on earth. But I have no doubt that you guys are used by the Lord to minister to people, that He uses you to touch our lives. Through you, He did. Thank you for your friendship, your loyalty, and your love. Thank you for loving my girls. You will always be in my heart. 

I love you, Ally. I miss you.


Scott and Kaye Birdsell said...

My sweet love. My heart is so sad to think that you are gone.

Mary, I'm so thankful that the Lord was able to use a mere mutt to minister to your soul. What a caring God He is to have placed this little love into your life when He did.

I, too, will miss your precious smile. Thank you, Ally, for all that you offered to your family, to me, and to all those around you.

Hey...if dogs do go to heaven I'm sure you have your beautiful figure back, Yoda!

Love you, Mary...Thanks for sharing your heart!

P.S. How are Chloe and Lucy doing?

Jules & Vern said...

To me, Ally was a princess. She had a certain "royal" prance, despite the fact she was just a mutt. Light and graceful, gazelle-like, even. She'd leap over the back of the couch like a deer over a fence.

Ally was the only dog I ever met that smiled...I mean, literally, she smiled at you. Whenever we arrived to her house, she would pleasantly lead the way into the living room, and turning to give a smile as though to say, "I'm so glad you're here."

What a sweet lady she was!! And I, too, will surely miss her.

I love you, Mary, and share your tears.


Amy A. said...

Sweet Ally girl. It's amazing what your love did for her. She was able to live and enjoy life because of the security she found in your home.

I hope we can be just that, a place of trust and love to people who are hurting and scared.

I love you sister.