If you follow The Daily Corgi at the facebook page, you know this week in our Corgi community has seen more than it’s share of losses. Corgis “earning their wings”, final goodbyes, facing what seems impossible — and doing it together. Proving that collective compassion and witness to sorrow — even in “cyberspace” — is tangible, powerful, and most of all making a difference.
I am grateful, and frankly in some awe, for everybody who has stepped on behalf of complete strangers. The support grows with every fresh goodbye. Our love is bigger than loss. Dare I say it — we are brave? You all are brave. In a world where the individual is celebrated, even glorified, the power of a village remains vital. Plainly put, we need one another. Maybe now more than ever.
Yesterday morning, I received a message from Marc Z. He wrote that he was planning his last full day with his beloved Madi. After nearly 15 years, he was facing the inevitable. Today he sends Madi to her rest.
Within the last hour, he’s written to tell me how he and his family are spending their breakfast time around the table, talking about all the good times. About the memories Madi made for them, with them. No doubt there are smiles. And tears. And more smiles. Because when all is said and done, when all the options are exhausted, when our dogs are called home by the inevitable fact of mortality, what will linger after the pain is the smiles on their faces. The smiles they brought to ours. The laughter. The certain knowledge that they changed our lives for the better. Vouchsafed forever in our souls, what they gave us simply by being themselves. LOVE. No other word for it.
We are the lucky ones, aren’t we? We who love these animals, we are the lucky ones. They make us brave.
Safe passage, Madi. Go in love, good dog.