Saturday, November 15, 2014

Remembering Essex a Year Later

Dad has been in a wistful mood all day.  He is thinking of her, Grrrreat Auntie Essex, it has been a year since she crossed the Rainbow Bridge. When he remembers her, memories of Uncle Deacon and his hoooman Mother and Father come to mind.  He speaks to me of all of them.  About fence patrol, Essex's gentle kiss, the first time she met his parents, then how she and Deacon met them.  If he thinks about it wrong, I can see a little dampness around his eyes.  They all meant so much to him, just like I mean a lot to my Dad now.
On Fence Patrol 
The Watchdog, Always Ready to Sound the Alert
During our time at the park, I did a little fence patrol for Dad and that made him smile.  He mostly thinks of great adventures and speaks of happy times.  Things all of them taught him.  He mentioned Essex by name during our walk and more then once he mentioned her nickname "Res" during the day.
Essex and Deacon Resting 
Sleeping Belly Up
He comes over gives me a gentle smile and great big hug.  I lick him.  He will be okay.  There are paw prints and foot prints in the heart.  He tells me how much he learned from Essex, Deacon and his pawrents.  That he is learning from me.  He kisses me on my forehead.  I smile.
Paw Prints in the Snow
I'll take care of you today Dad,

Sherman


7 comments:

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

you do an excellent job sherman

Dianne SS said...

We are so glad that you are there to help Dog Dad through a day filled with so many memories. ((HUGS)) and Collie licks from us in Canada.

Duffy and Lanny

Moondance Huskies said...

"sniff" (mom is wiping her eyes) I did not realize that today was a year since Essex left for the Bridge. Sherman, you take wonderful care of Dog Dad and he knows how much you love him. And he loves you lots too...that's for sure!
Thank you for helping him today...and every day. We are sending hugs to him and you.

(((HUGS)))
Skye, the Moondance Huskies, kitties and mom

Jans Funny Farm said...

Yes, these humans sure do miss those that came before. Jan misses hers. Give your dad some extra nuzzles.

And they only get one set of parents so parents are special too.

StevieGrrrWonder said...

Essex was a special girl. Warmed up slowly to u, but friends for life after that...smart girl, very selective in her choices too! Miss giving her and Deacon belly rubs and taking them for walks when I was in town. Knocking on the wall and asking "who's that" was a fav trick to get her barking. So glad for our animal companions, they make life easier and are always there to console us unconditionally with no strings attached....but Sherman may want a cheddar collie cookie every now and then! ;-)

Jake of Florida said...

Sherman, mom and I are so glad you are there for your dad. We know how those anniversary days can hurt. Essex was a beautiful girl and I was honored to be her escort, if only for just one memorable occasion!

Wirey love,

Just Harry

Dawn said...

Awww Sherman, I'm so sorry I missed this last week. I hope you and Dog Dad are feeling a bit better now. She sure was a special girl, and I know Dog Dad misses her. Good thing he's got you to make him smile. You're a good boy Sherman!