It isn’t fair that this is the post that I am doing today. Many of you already know, but for those of you who do not, our dear friend Jeffie from the Talking Dogs blog at For Love of A Dog, had to leave us much too soon.
I should be posting about a happy occasion in reference to Jeffie. A Gotcha Day, a Birthday, his Mom’s pawesome jewelry or something fun. Not a post about Jeffie leaving us much too soon.
Times like these are the hardest part of blogging. Often, the dogs, cats and other animals that we read about every day, become more a part of our lives than their humans. We laugh at their mischief, gaze in awe at their Wordless Wednesday posts, rejoice in their milestones, and vow that we will try some new product that they are endorsing. This is how it should be.
Jeffie’s Mom, Sue, has been a close and trusted friend of mine for a number of years now. When I read the horrific news on Facebook late Monday afternoon, I grabbed my head with both hands and shrieked…“NOOOOOOOOOO!!” Jeffie had suddenly become ill just a few days earlier. His Mom’s updates gave me hope that if any dog could fight through this, it would be Jeffie. When I read the words that Jeffie had left us, I was praying that what I read was not true. I began sobbing as if Jeffie had been my dog. In a way he was my dog and the dog of every person who ever read his blog. That’s how blogging is. The dogs, cats and misc. critters that we visit every day become ours, they are our friends, our family. It hurts to lose a beloved family member. It hurts, BIG TIME.
When I was going to post the above photo of Jeffie I put it in a photo editor thinking that I would make enhancements. I visited two of my favorite editing sites and decided there was nothing that was appropriate. Then it dawned on me, this photo needed no enhancement. This photo is Jeffie, the strikingly handsome dog that I loved as if he were my own. This photo reflects the pure beauty of the wonderful specimen that he was, it is only missing his trademark happy Jeffie grin.
I guess that is appropriate, I don’t feel much like smiling at all. My heart hurts for Sue and her husband and Sue’s other fur babies.
I am glad I chose not to edit this photo, this is Jeffie, he needed no enhancements. He was a stunningly handsome specimen with a heart of gold.
There are no words that can accurately convey just how much he will be missed, and the deep, profound hurt and sadness we feel for Sue and her family.
Run free Jeffie, we are deeply grateful to have had you as our friend.
With much love and our deepest sympathy,
Dakota, Cody and Caren