Know what??? I love you guys, each and everyone one of you!
~Sharon: Thank you so much for responding so quickly this morning. I got a chance to read your note before I went to work, and I felt heaps better as soon as I read it ... I could just picture you standing there, hands on hips, saying exactly what you wrote, thank you!
~Karilea: Smiling here ... thank you Karilea! Poor bugger is right, what a sad perception. It took me a year before I could bring another dog into the house after losing Misty. We adopted a 6 year old Australian Shepherd named Lacey, and she's just a sweetheart. She was a kennel dog, ready to be put out to pasture, but now she's living a spoiled rotten, wonderful life full of many, many hugs (extra ones after that guy). Thanks Karilea!
~Debbie: I've seen that "embarassed look" too ... ya just gotta love em' ... how can you not???) I have a partner in my business, and her attitude is very similar to this guy's, which is why this hit such a chord with me I think. I saw the rolling eyes and heard "its just a dog" waaaayyy too many times. It made it "harder" to get over if anything. Thanks so much Debbie!
~Chris: Thanks for the additional perspective Chris ... you're good at that . It could very well be someone coming at it from that angle (makes me feel better to think so anyway). I guess I responded politely because I figured if somebody else was having a bad enough day to send me that message, then the least I could do is not let it perpetuate (though if I had my druthers ... ummmm ... I could have been snarky right back - I really "can" get mad too ya know, lol). Thank you Chris, I really appreciate it.
~Rebecca: LOL ... I don't mind laughter at this point, no problem (and it "was" disjointed, lol). You know ... I've lost both human loved ones, and I've lost pets, and I find you have to go through the same grieving process with the same amount of depth regardless of 2 or 4 legs, fur or no fur. I'm sorry to hear about your little one too, I hope they're doing OK now? Thanks Rebecca.
~Michael: LOL @ agreeing with Chris (ya know ... that's not really a bad thing ) And I'm glad you both agree on that, it makes me feel that maybe that might be the case. That's partly why I wondered if I shouldn't have this one posted amongst the other "sad" poems. Maybe it just doesn't belong there. I do understand what you're saying, and I suppose if I think they're having a bad day, and this was their "out" then perhaps it was a OK thing afterall (after almost 40 years, these shoulders are pretty broad, they just get a little sore once in a while from all the weight). I'm really sorry to hear about the loss of your dog Michael, 15 years is a very long-time companion, many hugs to you, my friend. Thank you...
~Irie: Thanks for being so understanding Irie. You guys are just making me feel warm and fuzzy all over. I had a hysterectomy in my 20's, and I know I never really dealt with some of the bigger issues surrounding that, and it all really hit home when I lost my Shepherd ... she was admittedly, my substitute, and here I was 15 years later, dealing with issues I thought I was fine with. Thanks for being so sweet Irie, much appreciated!
~Marina: Glad you're in "my" corner Marina, LOL! I've got to admit, it stung, which is why I posted this I guess, but I'm not much of a fighter and keep things bottled up pretty tight ... guess I just wanted to show them they didn't get to me (even if they did). Thanks for the smiles ... I'm calling you if it happens again, LOL!
Thank you so much everyone. I really do appreciate this, more than you know. Just writing this was therapy in itself. I think I would have stewed about this forever, had I not posted this and got it out of my system with your help. Michael ... where is that "on/off" switch ... did you find it yet?