A Birthday – celebrating a dog’s life

20120401-052849.jpgBorn on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2003, today is the birthday of my assist dog, Lilly. Placed in my lap at 8 weeks, by her breeder with the comment, ‘this one would rather be loved than eat.’, I held her close against me all the way home. It would be the first of only a few times I would be able to hold her as she grew quickly in size and height.
There has never been a doubt that she loved attention and wanted to work (even though she can challenge who should set the rules). My companion through the best and worst times of these last nine years, she knows me by heart. Her response to the sound of an object hitting the floor is swift. As she was taught, her work to retrieve the object for me is strategic – placing it higher into my arms until she is certain I can once again hold it safely. Her response to the sound of sadness is immediate. She knows to stay near and offer comfort blessed with intuition.
Our journey has been filled with unexpected turns. She has helped in the work of re-making home as we have moved four times in her nine years (though she is never fond of the sight of boxes and packing tape!). We are just now settling into our newest home and share the hope that boxes will not be needed again for a very long time.
Nine years are considered a long time in the world of relationships. I give thanks this day for Lilly. That we found one another is a miracle! That we can bring one another comfort and strength is a gift. She has worked hard to figure out my next need and this continues.
With much gratitude I celebrate Lilly’s ninth birthday, may God grant her many years!


12 thoughts on “A Birthday – celebrating a dog’s life”

  1. Blossom and i send joyFULL birthday cheers and so much love to Lilly and to you as you celebrate her,


  2. I once read a quote that said “If you’ve never loved a dog you’ve never known true love.” Happy Birthday Lily. May you have many more to come. Your Mom is your gift to you, and it doesn’t get better than that. Enjoy the rest of your special day. deb


  3. Carrie, reading this post about Lilly and her purpose and meaning in your life has made the tears freely flow. What an absolutely BEAUTIFUL tribute to your very special companion! Much love to you both.


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