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Thursday, 25 February 2021

To Laugh Often and Much

There have been times over the past two years when laughter has been nothing more than a memory, but (with thanks to Ralph Waldo Emerson) there truly was one life which I know breathed easier. Probably two lives because my darling Little Miss Perfect enriched my life as much as I did hers.



To laugh often and much,
to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children,
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends,
to appreciate beauty,
to find the best in others,
to leave the world a bit better place whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition,
to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here.
This is to have succeeded.


I still think of her every day, not just on those 'anniversary days'.









I am nowhere near being "over" losing Daisy, to be honest, some days I wonder if this is the hurt from which I never fully recover. I am at least now old and enough and sufficiently scuffed around the edges to know never to say never again.  But not yet, not for a long while yet.






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  1. That line in bold has just brought tears to my eyes Jayne. You gave Daisy the best life and in turn she enriched yours - maybe the hurt you feel will never truly go away, especially on 'anniversary days' It may take a while but it will gradually diminish over time into something more bearable. Sending you (((hugs))) and lots of understanding xx

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    1. Thank you so much my friend, I know you understand. xx πŸ’šπŸΎπŸ’š

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  2. Anniversary days are tough. Sending my love to you xx

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    1. Thanks Eileen, you know all about tough days, xxx

      Now do tell, how has today been for you (nudge, nudge, wink wink!!!!!!)

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  3. A beautifully written piece, dear Jayne.
    Daisy was a gorgeous girl and its obvious how loved she was.
    Sending you lots of love. xxx

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    1. Vix, thank you - what a lovely comment.
      Hugs back at ya! πŸ€—

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  4. What a beautiful dog Daisy was. It's a very hard thing to get over, sending best wishes.

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    1. Lovely to hear from you again and thank you, your kind words are much appreciated, xx

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  5. This is so beautiful....thank you for sharing her again.

    Some dogs are the dog-of-your-heart -- my Oscar was a heart-dog and I still miss him every day (he's been gone almost six years now). I don't know that one ever gets 'over' a heart-dog, nor,for that matter, do I see a reason why one should.

    Lots of love to you...and quiet solidarity for what's been lost. xo

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    1. Blessings Mel πŸ’š You have mentioned Oscar before, and the "dog-of-your-heart" description. Nodding gently here - yes, she was my heart-dog.

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  6. Understanding how you feel, losing special pets, family & friends in any way can be painful, but I love the words by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Thank you. Take care & hugs.

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  7. She was beautiful. Only you will know when and if the time is right. Some will want another dog immediately others never. We all have our own patterns that we follow. Arilx

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  8. Honest and from the heart. Some animals fill the heart beyond life itself and leave such an imprint. xxx

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    1. Well said Kate, and thank you. She certainly filled my heart πŸ’š

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  9. She was non-judgemental love on fur feet. Fear not, she's still padding around in your heart. xxx

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    1. Thank you sweetie, she is definitely still here. Remind me and I'll tell you about it some day 🐾❤️🐾

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  10. It is hard to lose a pet - only time will heal and lessen the pain. x

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    1. Thanks Viv. Please don't think I am unappreciative of your kindness by what I said to Jules - I value every single friend who takes time to say something. Time does lessen the pain but I do not think it ever completely goes away.

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  11. Lovely post. Time will soften the pain but she'll always be in your heart. xxx Debbie

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    1. Thanks Debbie, I am sure you still miss Lottie just as much. πŸΎπŸ’š

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  12. The photos are lovely - a piece of your heart stays theirs for always. Although we now have Ruby we miss Tivvy but we have enough love for both of them.

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    1. Thank you Sue. Tivvy had a fabulous life with you all, and I am sure Ruby is enjoying just the same :)

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  13. Anniversary days are hard, they just remind us that little bit more of what we are missing, what we had, what we treasured and what we lost. But we are always the richer for the loving and the time we had together. Dogs teach us so much and they enrich our lives from the minute they enter them. Every day is hard, but anniversary days are just that little bit harder. xx

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    1. You are absolutely right Sue, and I know you have sadly acquired that wisdom through your own pain. big hugs. xx

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  14. Beautiful Daisy. It never gets easier, we just learn to live with the pain. X

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    1. Bless you Jules, but you've nailed it. All that "time heals" stuff is nonsense - it doesn't heal, you just form a callus over the wound and get on with it.

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