It is with the deepest sorrow that we said goodbye to our Finnegan yesterday. The cancer had taken a turn for the worse, and we didn't want to let him suffer.
He attained the honor of "Good Dog", that all dogs aspire to be.
July 24, 2013 - Jan 16, 2021.
Finnegan passed away peacefully in my arms, overlooking his beloved Big Backyard from the ottoman while Steve prepared his final resting place. Steve had previously dug the hole in the fall, before the ground froze, and had a supply of soft unfrozen dirt waiting in the garage. Steve had also prepared a little wooden box, embellished with the words "Good Dog" and his name on the lid. He was buried with his favorite toys, as well as the container of ashes from our first sheltie, Akasha, who passed away 17 years ago, and now will reside with him.
Our little Binney dignified the ceremony by wearing Finnegan's collar to the graveside, where it was transferred to the little garden statue sheltie, joining with the collars of our passed doggies Duke and Ducky.
And then, right before they all started to gather to leave, one deer went over to the new grave, (protected by a board and rocks until the ground freezes again) and leaned it's head down. It was as if to say: "Okay Boss Finnegan, did we do a good job?"
And off they went.
Before the cancer took it's toll on little Finnegan, three days ago, on Wednesday, we did have one wonderful afternoon of sunshine and a last walk around the block, ending in the Big Backyard.
A package arrived in the mail on Friday, the night before Finnegan passed. We were flabbergasted and shedding tears of greatfulness at fellow Sheltie Rescuer Adopter Kevin Kalhagen's talent and thoughtfulness. He kindly caught their expressions and the bond between them. Forever preserved. It will get matted and framed soon. Thank you Kevin and Trish!
This may have been a sad blog to read. I'm sorry about that. But it was important for me to write it. Sometimes things like this are cathartic.
All I know is that when dogs are sent here to Earth, they work really hard to attain the title of "Good Dog". Once they achieve that honor of being a "Good Dog", their time is no longer needed here. Their goal is reached. They go back to Heaven and help to get ready all those new little puppies soon-to-be-born---- to teach them also to become "Good Dogs".