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Memorial created 03-28-2009 by
November 10 1995 - April 15 2008

Those who love you are not fooled
by mistakes you have made
or dark images you hold about yourself.
They remember your beauty
when you feel ugly;
your wholeness
when you are broken;
your innocence
when you feel guilty;
and your purpose
when you are confused.
~African Saying~

Hi There Sugar Bear!

The other day, I stumbled upon the African saying above and it immediately made me think of you.  No one else -- just you.  It reminded me of your perpetual loving and giving spirit and of how you could always read me and how I was feeling, even when others didn't seem to even notice.  I remember how you never failed to come over and sit beside me, especially if I was feeling low, and look up at me with those sweet brown eyes and either place your paws across my feet or put your head lovingly in my lap... or both.  And it goes without saying that you always accepted me (and enthusiastically welcomed my presence) with great love.  No wonder I still miss you.  It's been 4 years since you went away, and still I miss my dear old friend.  It's no wonder why.  You were a friend like no other.  And so I honor you today, my precious Molly, on your 4th Angel-versary.

I hope there is an endless supply of squeaky toys where you are now and that you spend your Angel Day squeaking and playing until your heart's content....

I know how very much you enjoy them.  I miss spoiling you and buying you all sorts of "dollies" and squeaky things.  (Now Teddy is the most spoiled dog in America and he has a huge toy box that I am actually embarrassed by).  I remember how much you loved getting a new toy.  I sure hope someone up in Heaven has taken over that job for me and is spoiling you rotten. 

I added some new Spring flowers to your memorial spot along the Memory Walk, and like always, it is the only spot along the Memory Walk with any flowers.  I have to keep your new spot well-weeded and mulched, as wild onions love to grow in that spot for some reason.  Every time I am pulling up those stubborn, pungent-smelling, little onions, I chuckle to myself thinking how you would probably love to roll around in those stinky onions if given the chance.

We've added Ruby to that memorial spot too, but we didn't think you would mind.  (And I know she would have definitely LOVED rolling in those smelly onions for sure!).

And of course, your name is prominently displayed there as always -- and is taken care of with love.

And as always, I placed a special balloon at your memorial site in honor of your Angel Day with a message attached

And just like with your old memorial spot along the Memory Walk, people walk by it to get to the training arena for doggie obedience classes and to practice agility.  So I try to keep it cleaned up the best I can despite the constant debris of leaves, twigs, weeds, and other woodsy debris and the total lack of grounds keeping and maintenance on the part of the facility.

This spring, the special purple phlox that I planted in yours and Keyshah's memorial garden on the property last year came back with a vengeance and filled your memorial garden with such beautiful, showy color before anything new was planted for the season.  They were a good choice, even though they are now taking up far more real estate in your memorial garden than I had planned thanks to the mild, rainy winter we had.

I happened to find a new wind chime in the basement that has a dog and a cat on it (I have no idea where it came from or how long it has been sitting in the basement sealed in a box), and I thought it was appropriate for you and Keyshah (and your Angel Day).  So, I hung it beneath the sun porch, just below your memorial garden and right in front of Teddy's doggie play yard.  It seemed like a fitting place for it, and it must like it there as it rings all the time -- even though the two wind chimes hanging beside it often don't.

Rest in Peace precious little dove.

There was a precious mourning dove who had nested in the pear tree right in front of your memorial garden in the yard.  I know you would have loved that.  I used to check on her every day, and there she would always be, diligently sitting on her nest.  But sadly, on the morning of April 11th, she ended up going to the Rainbow Bridge unexpectedly after a small band of aggressive rouge American crows invaded the property and took her life while she was on the nest.  I was absolutely heartbroken.  I hope she is now flying free and safe in skies so peaceful and so beautiful that it defies all human imagination.  And I hope maybe she has found you, sweet girl.

And I know that someday I, too, will find you again my dear friend.  In the meantime, save a place for me..... and just know that I love you with all my heart.  I miss you, Buttercup.  Thank you for always being the wonderful, loving friend to me that you were.  You will never be forgotten. You will always be in my heart.
Hugs & Kisses
Love Always,
Your Old Pal

P.S..... I hope you liked your latest memorial page, "Loving & Letting Go".  It was created with love and I have visited it often, as it makes me feel close to you somehow.

"Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists.
When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves.
We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost.
That is what I imagine love to be:
incompleteness in absence."

~ (Edmond and Jules de Goncourt)

Sept. 15th 1987 - April 15th 2003

My beloved little Keyshah Bug -- I couldn't forget you on this day either.  Even though you left me 9 years ago today, I still think of you and speak of you often.  Memories of your sweet, gentle, loving spirit frequently come to mind, so you most certainly have not been forgotten, Sweet Pea.  How could I ever forget you?  You were my faithful sidekick through thick and thin for 16 years of my life, and you sure helped me through a lot -- both the highs and the lows, and many milestones in between.  You were truly the sweetest, most well-behaved animal I have ever seen.  People who don't like cats should have met you -- you would have changed their minds for sure.  Healing from the loss of you sure was a long journey, which is a testament to what a wonderful friend and companion you were to me and to how very much I love you.  I will see you again someday, little one.  And in the meantime, just know that I carry you with me forever in my heart and I cherish the wonderful memories of the life we shared together.  I hope you get a big, fat cat nip toy for your 9th Angel-versary and enjoy it to the fullest.  And may you always remember that you are LOVED beyond words!
Until we meet again, sweet girl.....
I Love You Always & Forever,

P.S..... I hope by now you and Molly have found each other.  You two are so much alike in so many ways.  I could not have asked for two better friends and I was truly blessed to have you both in my life.  I hope you spend your Angel Day together -- I think it is no coincidence that you share the same Angel Day, as you were definitely both angels to me.
I LOVE YOU my sweet Molly Moon-Pie and my precious little Keyshah Bug. 

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