|Chili's last day- still smiling|
Here is what the Chili Dawg taught me: 1) he loved me unconditionally, just like God does, 2) you can still be beautiful when you're missing a limb, 3) live in the moment, 4) it is possible to smile & be happy through the pain.
If it wasn't for Chili Dawg's cancer, I would never have found the Tripawds website & joined "the club that no one wants to join, but everyone is glad they did". If I had not found the Tripawds website, I would never have formed the friendships that I have since formed. The people that I met have helped me through the beginning of Chili's battle with cancer and the end of Chili's battle with cancer, and I can never thank them enough. The support they have shown me this past month has been incredible- the emails, the cards, the private messages, & forum posts. I may never meet them face to face, but we are bonded through our dogs.
So while I still have a paw shaped hole in my heart, I will focus on the good memories of my Chili Dawg and try to move on. Dakota Dawg's Mom, Shari, suggested that Noah and I make a memory book so that Noah and Juliana are able to remember him when they get older. I think that is a good idea, and we will get started on that soon. So, run free, Chili Dawg. I'll catch you on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.