who truly lit up the world with her sunny personality
and the perpetual warmth of her heart!
I recently discovered these photos of our Molly Girl that I had somehow overlooked. I don't know how I had overlooked them or forgot about them, but discovering them was just like finding a prized treasure (even despite their poor quality). But I must admit, as I sifted through these photos, it was at first a bit bittersweet.
On the one hand, I was elated beyond words. I think everyone who has ever lost a beloved pet always wishes that they had taken more photos of their pet while they were still alive, even those people who literally took hundreds of photos. It just never feels like you ever took quite enough pictures after they are gone. You always wish you had more. Perhaps we just don't trust the ability of our own memory not to fade over time and to lose those very precious images that we have stored in our mind (and burned into our heart) – images and memories that we hope to never lose. So we like to cling to those photos like they are made of gold. In a way, it is almost as though they are a sort of lifeline to those precious little angels who blessed our lives but who left us all too soon. So, I was absolutely thrilled to discover more photos of Molly that I had overlooked. That was certainly the "sweet" part.
And, as for the "bitter" part…. well, these photos were taken at the end of Molly's life, and to some extent it is hard for me to look at them. It does bring back some sadness to my heart, remembering those days when our precious girl was slipping away from us and watching it slowly happen. But, at the same time, it also brings me relief to know that she is no longer in pain or discomfort and that, wherever she is, I know that beautiful sparkle has now returned to her big brown eyes and that sweet, joyful smile has returned to her beautiful face. And I know the next time I see her, that is what she will greet me with – when she comes running to me with healthy new legs that now run like the wind! In my heart, I just know it. So, I vow to look at these photos and smile, just thinking of our beautiful girl running with joy with a big doggie grin on her face in beautiful Heavenly fields drenched in golden sunshine – the sunshine that she always loved so very much.
These photos were all taken one pretty sunny afternoon. Knowing Molly's days were becoming limited and knowing how very much she loved to sit in the sunshine, we took advantage of the beautiful day and got her outside. We sat her out on the sundeck beside one of her favorite spots – the waterfall and koi pond – a place where she had spent so much time watching the "fishies" that intrigued her, and where she and I had some great heart-to-heart talks over the years, with my arms wrapped around my dear, sweet pal. Boy, how I miss those days!
And how could I not honor Molly by including these photos in her memorial? As they also depict her fighting spirit that quietly coexisted within her peaceful soul. That was Molly – the peaceful warrior, who remained sweet and loving right to the very end. And although I type these words with tears in my eyes, I do so with great love in my heart – love for a wonderful dog and a loving, devoted friend who brought so many years of pure sunshine to our lives. We could never thank you enough, sweet SugarBear! We love you!
Oh, how I miss you, Sweet Girl. But I feel the essence of your beautiful spirit in every beautiful sunny day. And the joy you brought to this world will linger on forever! If ever a dog could represent and epitomize sunshine, it was YOU!
I love this gorgeous photo of you. Your body may have been weak at the time, but your spirit and determination was still strong. You took in every ounce of that day with everything you had and you took nothing for granted – You basked in the sun and felt the comforting warmth on your fur and the cool breeze on your face, you raised your nose to catch every scent wafting through the air, and you listened intently as the songbirds serenaded you and the waterfall lulled you. I know you really appreciated that sunny afternoon out by the koi pond. And we really appreciated having another day with our precious girl.
I remember how difficult it was for you to change your position or to get up by yourself at that point in time. Poor Baby. Not anymore though, right Buttercup? I bet now you are up there giving some of those young pups a real run for their money, aren't you? J
And every once in awhile, Old Girl, you would still look a bit like a pup yourself, even at the end – like in this photo. Your consummate sweetness just beams from your face.
I do remember those sad eyes that you got towards the end – when the sparkle left them and the fatigue moved in. But no matter what, I will always remember you as my sweet, brown-eyed girl, who never failed to always sit and stare at me, burning holes into me with those beautiful eyes whenever I ate any food, hoping to guilt me into giving you a treat. JI promise I will choose to remember those big, brown eyes as always twinkling with joy. I will choose to remember those big, brown eyes when they used to melt hearts and win hearts over.... and I will try to forget when there came a time when those same beautiful eyes broke hearts too.
And I remember that far away look you started to get at the end, when you would just sadly stare off into space, deep in thought. It was heartbreaking. I know they say not to apply human traits to a dog, but what do “they” know anyway.You seemed so torn between staying and leaving us – and it almost seemed to weigh heavy on you. I know you did not want to leave the family you so loved and who loved you beyond words, but I also know that part of you needed and wanted relief and knew it was time to go. I knew your love for us was so strong that if we did not give you permission to leave us that you would simply keep hanging on – hanging on long past when it was good or beneficial for you to do so.I remember having many heartfelt talks with you about what great things lie ahead for you beyond the RainbowBridge in Heaven, and I tried to reassure you that we would all be okay and would never forget you and would always love you. I know it is probably impossible (and sounds a bit crazy), but I swear during those special talks, you seemed to understand every word I was saying. You would always look up at me with big sad eyes in a certain, unique way – a way that was definitely different from any other time you looked at me. There was a kind of "knowing" in your eyes, a "knowing" in your face. And although there was some sadness, there was also love and gratitude in your expression as well – a further reason why it felt like you understood.
On a much lighter note, this was the last photo I found. This particular photo of you yawning always makes me think of you laughing for some reason, and consequently it makes me smile every time I look at it. I think it simply makes me think of all those silly, fun times we spent together where laughter was always such a part of whatever we did. How I miss having you around to make me giggle and laugh like a little kid. Gosh, those were such fun times, weren't they Sweet Cheeks? I will always cherish those wonderful memories! Thank you so much for allowing me to have them. J
Keep being silly and have lots of fun up in Heaven, Mollipops! One day, I will join you. Thank you for always brightening up my world with your sunny personality – you truly made it Heaven here on earth!
"Laughter is instant sunshine!" ~ (G. Brian Benson)
"A good laugh is sunshine in the house." ~ (William Makepeace Thackeray)
"Friends are the sunshine of life." ~ (John Hay)
"We have been friends together in sunshine and in shade." ~ (Caroline Norton)
"But friendship is precious, not only in shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine." ~ (Thomas Jefferson)
“In the garden my soul is sunshine.” ~ (Author Unknown)
Kind hearts are the gardens,
Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the flowers,
Kind deeds are the fruits,
Take care of your garden,
And keep out the weeds,
Fill it with sunshine,
Kind words and kind deeds.
~ (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
Bring Me Sunshine (song)
Bring me Sunshine, in your smile, Bring me laughter, all the while, In this world where we live, there should be more happiness, So much joy you can give, to each brand new bright tomorrow,
Make me happy, through the years, Never bring me, any tears, Let your arms be as warm as the sun from up above, Bring me fun, bring me sunshine, bring me love.
Bring me Sunshine, in your eyes, Bring me rainbows, from the skies, Life's too short to be spent having anything but fun, We can be so content, if we gather little sunbeams,
Be light-hearted, all day long, Keep me singing, happy songs, Let your arms be as warm as the sun from up above, Bring me fun, bring me sunshine, bring me love.
~ (Sylvia Dee)
A Place In The Sun (song)
Like a long lonely stream I keep runnin' towards a dream Movin' on, movin' on Like a branch on a tree I keep reachin' to be free Movin' on, movin' on
'Cause there's a place in the sun Where there's hope for ev'ryone Where my poor restless heart's gotta run There's a place in the sun And before my life is done Got to find me a place in the sun
Like an old dusty road I get weary from the load Movin' on, movin' on Like this tired troubled earth I've been rollin' since my birth Movin' on, movin' on
There's a place in the sun Where there's hope for ev'ryone Where my poor restless heart's gotta run There's a place in the sun And before my life is done Got to find me a place in the sun
You know when times are bad And you're feeling sad I want you to always remember
Yes, there's a place in the sun Where there's hope for ev'ryone Where my poor restless heart's gotta run There's a place in the sun Where there's hope for ev'ryone Where my poor restless heart's gotta run There's a place in the sun Where there's hope for ev'ryone...
~ (Bryan Wells and Ronald Norman Miller)
"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you... while cares will drop off like autumn leaves." ~ (John Muir)
Warm Summer Sun
Warm summer sun, shine kindly here; Warm southern wind, blow softly here; Green sod above, lie light, lie light; Good night, dear heart, good night, good night.
~ (Mark Twain)
"We stood in the sunshine of her being. Through her inexhaustible giving, we learn to give." ~ (Yolanda King)
"Her angel's face,
As the great eye of Heaven, shined bright,
And made a sunshine in the shady place." ~Edmund Spencer (1552-1599)
A ray of sunshine, a balmy breeze Are a gift from God above, And He also gives us faithful friends. To warm our hearts with love.
~ (Author Unknown)
Remember me whenever you see a sunrise, Remember me whenever you see a star, Remember me whenever you see a rainbow Or woods in autumn colors from afar.
Remember me whenever you see the roses, Or seagulls sailing high in a sky of blue. Remember me when you see waves shining in the sun, And remember, I'll be remembering you!
Remember me whenever you see a teardrop, Or meadows still wet with the morning dew. Remember me when you feel love growing in your heart, And remember, I'll be remembering you!
~ (Deanna Edwards)
May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
~ (An Irish Blessing)
“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air…”
~ (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
"When God wakes up, he turns on the sun." ~ (Anjie Henley)
“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” ~ (Anthony J. D'Angelo)
As long as the sun shines... the wind blows... the rain falls... You will live on inside of me forever for that is all my heart knows.
~ (Author Unknown)
I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one. I'd like to leave an after glow of smiles when life is done. I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I'd like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun, of happy memories that I leave when my life is done.
~ (Helen Lowrie Marshall)
Now go run along, my sweet Sunny Girl....
May you kick up your heels as you run through that beautiful sunshine,
and may your tail forever wag!
I hope you have found endless days of sunshine where you are now. And someday I hope to sit beside you once again, alongside a gorgeous koi pond in Heaven. I know we will, SugarBear.... and oh, what wonderful talks and loving hugs we will share once again someday – just like old times. J
Until then.... Just know how very much you are loved and remembered – especially on those bright, sunny days that always make me smile just thinking of you.
Like the sun itself, you brought immeasurable light and joy to my life and great warmth to my heart.And the beautiful memories I have of you will always be a sunny spot in my heart.I will always LOVE YOU and remember you with smiles. J
I Love You, My Dear Sweet Friend.
Your Old Pal,
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