Sunday, October 9, 2011

In Memory of Bijoux

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.

Until we meet on the Rainbow Bridge…



6 comments:

Colleen Scott said...

What a beautiful post, Beth. It is a gift to have a pet as a friend. What a blessing you were to her.

FreelancingMom said...

This is such a moving and beautiful post. I'm sorry you lost her.

bethnbijoux said...

Colleen, thank you for your kind and comforting words. If there is such a thing as an "animal soul mate," then I am certain that Bijoux was mine. She was, indeed, a true gift.

bethnbijoux said...

Dear FreelancingMom, thank you for your words of condolence. Sharing my grief with my friends, family, and kind souls like you is helping to heal my heart. I appreciate you taking your time to stop by.

Penny @ Saving With Purpose said...

I am so sorry for your lost. Your post brought tears to my eyes. I am glad that you had Bijoux in your life and I hope you find comfort in the memories.

bethnbijoux said...

Hello Penny from @ Saving With Purpose...yes, I have the MOST WONDERFUL memories of my time with Bijoux! It is bittersweet. I would give anything to go back to those days, but I have to carry on now on my own. So , I will try to live the best I can for Bijoux's sake. She truly was my inspiration!