Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…

Farewell, little friend…


Silver Bracelet…

November 3, 2012 4 Comments

I spend my days with my black pup. When she was young and could really be classed as a puppy, I found a silver bracelet that says, “Life should be as good as your dog makes you feel.”



She follows me everywhere in hopes of dropped crumbs or anticipation of earning a treat. She monitors my path in the house hoping I am moving toward the kitchen.
A sound outside will necessitate a patrol of the perimeter of the property. With nose skyward, so the sound carries to threatening ears, the rapid and loud barking clears the area of cats, deer, and other two and four legged creatures.
Safe, she keeps me safe, my constant, hard working companion.
My retirement days are based on her time clock. Up at dawn for breakfast; morning walk; when is dinner? MY rules or you will be pestered until you succumb. Sentry duty until someone returns home. Everything safe and secure and it only costs one cookie-treat. Her eyes say, “You can’t possibly like that cat better than me. I am more loyal.”
Friend, partner…and life is good, together. She gets greyer and I get greyer. Both of us get more hard of hearing. We won’t lose our voices, though, her barking while I paint. Onward…
Life IS as good as my dog makes me feel…


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I am re-posting a post from a few years ago when little dogs were strong and age had not caught up with them. I am too sad to write something new and besides I only want to remember when she was healthy and spry…the little girl that kept me company while my kids moved out to be independent adults and I retired and was forced to make my own structure everyday. She was the best companion and ever a friend. We are missing her horribly…


Author: loisreynoldsmead


8 thoughts on “Farewell, little friend…

  1. My dear, you make me weep. For your loss. For the loss I know is coming. But, until then, we do pretty much what Miss Belle wants to do and we treasure every time she makes us laugh (or gets us out of our chairs!). Thank you for reposting your essay on your black pup.

  2. So sorry for your loss! She was lucky to have you to spend her days with! Today would have been my kitty’s 18th birthday, we lost her just over a month ago. We miss her everyday. Pets are the best…even when they wake us up and rule the house 😉

  3. Thanks for sharing this lovely tribute to your doggie companion. I know how you feel. I’ve lost four shelties all told. My current sheltie is my companion, and as you say, my clock follows hers. We have breakfast together, spend the night together.

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

    • Thank you for your kind words, Keith. When I am going through the loss I always think I cannot do this again and then wouldn’t you know, another doggie joins the family. They are so worth it…

  4. “You can shed tears that she is gone,
    or you can smile because she has lived.
    You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back,
    or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.
    Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her,
    or you can be full of the love you shared.
    You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
    or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
    You can remember her and only that she’s gone,
    or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
    You can cry and close your mind,
    be empty and turn your back,
    Or you can do what she’d want:
    smile, open your eyes, love and go on.”

    -David Harkins

    I’m so sorry.

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