Four-footed Friends


Every creature in the world

 is like a book and a picture,

to us, and a mirror.

–Alain de Lille

The human species has nobly endeavored to mimic unconditional love. This seems impossible due to our flawed natures.

All hope is not lost.

Across the millennia, the universe gifted us with four-footed companions to guide us.

Most have felt the indescribable pain of losing a pet. My world was shattered this week after my fourteen year old Brittany, Reagan, died. I fell in love with him at the local shelter and quickly adopted him. I brought him home as a gift for my husband who had told me weeks before he deeply admired the breed. The two bonded immediately. Over the years, Reagan, gave us immeasurable love and hours of entertainment.

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Reagan traveled extensively with us and lived in Alaska, Texas, and New Hampshire. His favorite place—the mountains and woods in Alaska—where he explored and ran to his heart’s content. Like many lucky dogs in Alaska, Reagan went to work with his daddy nearly every day.


His worst moment… In the span of two weeks, Reagan confronted two porcupines and ended up with hundreds of quills in his face. He paraded his face-full-of-needles without complaint and very much reminded us of the character, Pinhead, from the movie Hellbound Hellraiser.


His greatest moment… Letting us adopt him.

So here’s to a much beloved dog. We’ll love and miss you, always.


In the end, wonderful stories like Marley and Me or Dewey the Library Cat help pet owners capture the essence of our lives with these selfless creatures.  I end with a much favored quote from John Grogan.

It’s just the most amazing thing to love a dog, isn’t it? It makes our relationships with people seem as boring as a bowl of oatmeal.
John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog

13 thoughts on “Four-footed Friends

  1. A dog is a persons best friend. My Molly lets me know that all the time.

  2. Carmen Bydalek says:

    My condolences on the loss of your beautiful friend. I thank you for the excellent reminder of rescuing a pet. I have two pets my husband rescued and they bring us joy. I am so glad Reagan was loved and cherished by you and your husband. He had a special life.

  3. So sorry you lost a beloved family member. Treasure the memories of Reagan and when you’ve healed a bit, give another pet a forever home!

    • violettarand says:

      Thanks, Lauren. We had seven (Noah’s ark). We lost a 20 year old cat a few months ago, too. We now have 3 dogs and 2 cats. I’d love another… Something to think about. 🙂

  4. Dan says:

    We often forget that our four legged friends are a part of our family until they are no longer with us.

  5. DeNise says:

    it is so hard to lose a pet-they leave an indelible mark.

  6. Our pets are, surely, one of life’s treasures & blessings.
    So sorry for Reagan’s passing, but memories will stay, warming your hearts forever. You & your husband’s lives are emotionally richer now, because of Reagan! :o)

  7. The love of a dog knows no bounds. So sorry for Reagan’s passing, but you are blessed with the warm memories forever! :o)

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