Well, we got through the first Christmas without our dog. I know many face this each year. Ace was a part of our family and he received gifts, helped us open ours and gave gifts to our friends' dogs. This year, as we started to open presents, the loss hit me again.
I wanted to be happy, we have so much to celebrate and be thankful for, but I shed tears again without my boy. He loved to rip the paper and shred the boxes and we let him, took pictures, uploaded video on Facebook of his antics. Ace had a great life, 13 years of good health, spoiled from beginning to end, didn't stop me from missing him though it is a comfort.
We've started talking about our next dog. Likely a rescue next spring, and for now feel lucky we have a new kitten that adopted us. His name is Sir Purrington. He purrs all the time! I found the purrfect Christmas present for him, a new food bowl that has the word "purr" written over and over. Christmas was a different experience with a cat, but he is so sweet. I doubt he cares where his food comes from, but I loved getting him a gift and our family bought him some new mini-mice toys that he adores.
So as 2015 comes to a close, we look to the new year, new beginnings and new hope of our next pup. For those who suffered a loss of a pet this year, you are not alone in your grief. Life isn't the same, but allow the next furry friend into your heart, they might surprise you!