Monday, December 15, 2008

525, 600 Minutes

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure, measure a year?

These are the lyrics to one of my favorite songs, Seasons of Love, from the Broadway musical Rent. Today marked the one year anniversary of letting our beloved Shetland sheepdog Belle go to the Rainbow Bridge. It has been a long hard year. I know she is in a much better place now without pain and with all of the other animals we have loved and lost.

The picture is of Belle in her wagon. She suffered from terrible arthritis that kept her from being able to go on walks. My parents bought her a wagon so she could go for rides instead. She loved it so much.

I read a book this summer called Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog by Ted Kerasote. I highly recommend it to anyone who has lost a dearly loved animal or who just loves dogs. It is the beautiful celebration of Ted's dog Merle's life and death.

Measure your life in love

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