The Emotional Bond
My son is reading the “Spirit Animals” books at the moment. So I’ve been thinking about my animals who are now in spirit. Truth is my big dog Gus only recently died so he’s not far from my thoughts.
Our animals make such a huge contribution to us. They are part of the family – our fur babies. How is it that they just know to come and sit with us when we are sad, and they are totally ready to play in the next moment. They don’t speak to us and they have so much awareness.
For a long time I had cats, then when I bought my first home it was time for a dog. The breed I settled on was the German Wirehaired Pointer. Meg came home at the beginning of 2001. She was a fantastic dog – kind hearted and gentle. In 2003 I was ready for another dog – in May of that year Gus came home.
In the car ride back from Katikati he was car sick. He ended up snuggled on the front passenger seat. I’ll always remember the look he gave me – his eyes looked straight into my heart and I knew I was his. Gus was a very different dog – still kind hearted – but with that came a big soul, independent and protective.
He was always protective of me. Sometimes a little to forcefully but as far as he was concerned he was doing his job.
Meg died at age 10, suddenly. Gus had been struggling with a failing heart and died in March aged 13.
They were such a huge contribution to my life when they were here. Such wonderful experiences and joy from them. And a few dramas. They leave such a huge gap.
I still feel Gus around me – looking out for me. And even tho we have other dogs, each one of them is such an individual they never take the place of the soul that was here.
What do your animals mean to you?