**We have been overwhelmed by the kindness extended by so many individuals after our difficult ending with Baby Blue last week. Rarely have we felt so loved and so supported. Your good will has been a true gift to us, and for it we are so grateful. Thanks to each of you who sent your thoughts for Blue and for us.**
you take a few sips of bourbon for your heartache, a couple of advil for your headache.
you call a dear friend — the kind that can interpret your tears over the telephone.
you go for a long, long walk with your own dog soulmate, stopping every minute to give him a hug and a treat.
you replay everything in your head, asking yourself if it could have been different. (it couldn’t have).
you read all of the kind words of sympathy and support offered by friends and strangers. you let your heart swell with gratitude and thankfulness.
you call up one more memory of the happiest moment you spent together and hold it in your mind for a short while. you smile through the tears. for the umpteenth time that day, you resolve to be brave.
then you take a deep breath and remind yourself that your work is not done. you go back to the kennel again to meet the cries, barks, wags, and licks of all the other beautiful, worthy, sad, lonely dogs that you could still save, one by one.
and maybe you start with this one.