My beloved friend and canine companion of over fourteen years, Bijoux, passed away on Saturday, October 8, 2011. In her final year, she had suffered from heart disease and bravely battled cancer. In the end, she did not suffer, and died peacefully in her bed right here at home. That was a great blessing.
Bijoux was the best part of my life. No matter how difficult my day had been, how demanding work was, or how badly the people around me might act, Bijoux was always there to support, encourage, and love me. The price for her affection? She asked for only the basics: food, water, shelter. She could be easily bribed with a belly rub.
Though she had no words, Bijoux spoke to me. She let me know her needs and wants. She could keep me in line with one simple, endearing, heart-melting, doe-eyed look. Bijoux made me a better person. She taught me what true, unconditional love is.
I am at a terrible loss today. I don’t exactly know how to proceed in a world that continues to spin but without Bijoux in it. I do know that I will love her and remember her every single moment for the rest of my days. And I will be eternally grateful to her for her abiding faith in me and the lessons in love and life that she provided me along the way.