I awaken to the faint sound of a rooster crowing. There’s a light breeze blowing through the open bedroom window. I’m not sure what time it is. I had a miserable and sleepless night. I continue to lay in bed a little longer enjoying the morning breeze and listen to a horse neighing and some dogs barking in the distance.
As I turn over to glance at the clock, my severely swollen eyes remind me of the previous days events. It’s 5:30 in the morning. I’m restless and can’t sleep anymore. I crawl out of bed to start the coffee and go to check on Bear…..his bed is empty. Oh yeah, I remember. The tears start to well up again.
The events of the day before were totally unexpected. Bear suffered a stroke. The blood tests revealed…….not good, his body was shutting down. Out of love and respect for our special four-legged family member, we say our good-byes as Bear falls asleep one last time in Al’s arms.
It’s been a week since we bid farewell to our precious Bear, and although the tears have eased, he is still very sorely missed. Al and I still find ourselves looking to check on him or think we hear his paws on the hardwood floor. The backseat of the truck, aka Bear’s throne, is empty. There’s an emptiness………
We are blessed to have had nearly fifteen years of companionship and unconditional love from our little Bear. We will cherish the memories and he will remain in our hearts forever. May you rest in peace my beloved little Bear ♥