As the year winds down, I’m spending a lot of time reflecting on many events of 2015. The one event that most profoundly changed my life was the loss of my sweet Sadie back in June. I gotta be honest and say that even though nearly 6 months have passed, I’m far from finished with this grieving process.
Losing a dog is hard because, quite frankly, so many people just don’t get it. They think that because it’s “just a dog”, you should be able to say your good byes, have a good cry, and move on. Well, you know what? It just doesn’t work that way… at least not for me.
When a dog is a part of your life, day in and day out, through good and bad, up and down, thick and thin, for over 16 years, the act of moving on is a process. It doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, I wonder if ever happens completely at all. I just can’t imagine there will ever come a day when I won’t look at her empty bed and feel an overwhelming sense of loneliness and sadness.
(And yes, after nearly 6 months, I still have her bed in my office.)
I’m cheating a bit this week because I actually didn’t take any of the photographs I’ve included in this post. The first 2 were taken by our friend Chris at Smiling Dog Photography in Indianapolis, and the one of me and Sadie was taken a couple years ago by my son. It’s my absolute favorite photo of my girl and me.
52 Snapshots of Life is a weekly photo challenge, but it isn’t just for pet bloggers! It’s for anyone who loves to take photos, and everyone is invited to participate! Simply snap a photo based on the current week’s theme (shown in the image above), and then share your photo in a blog post, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or wherever you like. It’s so much fun seeing what everyone comes up with for each week’s theme, and I can’t believe next week will be the final installment of this year-long project!
On Fridays I share my photo for the week here in a blog post, and I give you a chance to link up with me and the other participants. All you have to do is simply add your link below and share your photos with the world! If you’re sharing your photos on social media, please be sure to use hashtag #52Snapshots so we can find you!
Just a couple of rules: first, if you’re linking up, please be sure to link DIRECTLY TO your #52Snapshots post – don’t link to your main website URL. And second, if you are not participating in the photo challenge, please don’t link up a random blog post here. This blog hop is only for photos of this week’s theme, and unrelated links will be removed. Thanks for understanding!