Early Thursday morning of this week. I walked down the driveway toward the end of our lane to get the mail. As usual, I veered to Clancy’s gravesite for a visit and I stood there soaking in the early sunlight and the cool breeze and reflected on the events of the past week and the things to come in the near future. As always the windchimes were talking, and life was good. I pondered for a moment and soaked everything in and felt good and in an audible voice as if I was speaking to someone, I said “it’s a beautiful day,” and it was.
A friend of ours was coming over to our house and dog-sit for the day because we were heading out with friends. When she arrived, bad news came with her. She and her Veterinarian were treating Sapphi, her dog for an aggressive form of cancer.
Sapphi is one of her beloved Austrian Shepherds, and just a few days ago, I saw her, and she was doing good, but since then, things went south... very fast. As soon as our friend got out of her car, she said: “it’s time, the Vet is on the way.” “Sapphi” had just an hour or so to walk this earth as she did many times before. She smelled the last fragrances of the things she loved and rolled in the leaves, getting ready for her next venture. While walking with her owner they walked the trails on the farm and said their goodbyes along with cuddles and kisses and all had a peaceful and treasured day to be remembered.
When the Veterinarian arrived, arrangements were made, and Sapphi and her owner went to a spot that comforts all of us in times of need and reflection. Her burial cloth was laid down, and her owner and Sapphi sat on top of Clancy’s grave where Sapphi rested in the arms of her beloved owner and closed her sweet eyes and went to sleep. A moving moment for all and for anyone who has traveled this road. Smokey her true brother and littermate was always nearby, and when the owner was weeping as we all do, he went to her and kisses and consolidated her telling her in his own way “all is ok, ” and it was. It was time, and we all have been here if we have pets.
As we all sat and stood by and waited for her transition to her other life a slight wind blew, and the sun was shining through the open canopy with the wind chimes singing as if we were being spoken to and I'm sure we were. Sapphi was welcomed home by a Border Collie friend she had and knew from this farm, our Clancy and her human father, Mark. After she was interned, we stood and knew the correct decision was made and how peaceful and delightful Sapphi life was and knew everything was right. With the birds singing, chimes speaking and the wind blowing our friend spoke of the 16 years she shared with her beloved pet and said “this is a beautiful day, ” and it was. Rest well Sapphi, know Smokey is OK and give our big boy a hug from us.
|Sapphire and Smokey were littermates|
Annie and Fi were also laid to rest here at the farm the same weekend. Their ashes were buried and placed in the cherished area of the spirits of our dogs. They all have a sacred place somewhere else that we don’t understand but someday will and until then we can sit together in the Adirondack Chairs and talk about the best dogs in the world... It truly was a Beautiful Day… Ken