TO LEARN TO LOVE AGAIN

This has to be the most tempestuous season of the year. At least for me it is. I believe there’s a conspiracy theory between the Lifetime Channel and all retailers because I sob like a child who can’t find her favorite toy, as I watch all these holiday movies.

I hear myself telling people I love them at the end of a phone call, and truth be told half of the time I really don’t!!!

And why am I always picking up last minute items for other people that I barely know. Help me please! I feel so out of control… GEEZ!

But then this is also that time of year when I spend an enormous amount of time feeling truly blessed for everything and everybody that has touched my life in one way or another…

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Absolutely the sweetest dog I’ve ever known.

That is why I’ve chosen to write about someone else today. I want to tell you about a special friend who’s learned to love again…

Blogging is still relatively new for me. I’ve been at it, really “at it” for a little over a year and I’m still a novice in the field. Pet blogging is pawsome, rewarding, and all that jazz. But at the same time it can be somewhat frightening when navigating through unknown territories for the first time.

One of the zillion things you learn quickly and find fascinating is following other pet bloggers. You learn so much and because we all love our pets, we’re able to connect on various different levels.

This always excites me because I love meeting that person who “get’s you”, understands, and accepts you along with your pet obsessions – without question or judgement!

I remember almost to the day when I stumbled onto Keep the Tail Wagging by Kimberly Gauthier. Instantly “I got her”

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After commenting on her site a few times, she responded, and then began following The Boys. I had a new friend!

She had been at this much longer than I, so I associated her as my “Yoda” or the “Elder” and without calling me “Young Grasshopper” she would encourage and support me when I needed it the most.

“Offline” we quickly discovered that we enjoyed talking about our “babies” and of all her pups, “Blue” seemed to hold the most real estate in her heart. There seemed to be a kindred spirit between them…

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Kim and her boy Blue

She spoke often to me about Blue as I did to her about Harley-Darley…

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Look at my baby – “King of the deck steps!”

By early spring I was delighted to find out I would finally get to meet my friend at the Blog Paws Conference in VA…

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Of course The Boys came along (yes, that’s “Wilson”)

Kim was presenting that year and of course I would be in attendance. It was wonderful to meet her and even more of a thrill to gain pet blogging knowledge and insight from what she had prepared to share with a room full of pet bloggers…

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Yoda & Grasshopper

Over the summer we became great phone pals, and we still take time to read each others latest blog entries and share comments back and forth as time permits.

On the evening of October 22nd, I logged onto her website only to gasp when I read the headline: To My Blueberry | It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later 

Blue was gone…

I stared at the screen, and as I read her latest post, the tears began to fall. I kept thinking about all our laughs comparing Blue to Harley, their antics, quirks and personality similarities.

Blue was gone…

I grabbed my cell phone and quickly put it down. I pecked at my keyboard only to “delete” almost a half a dozen times. On October 24th (two days later) I finally pressed the return key after writing this:

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Once she emerged from that secluded place where she so desperately needed to be, she called. We talked about a bunch of stuff, she said her other two fur babies were keeping her busy and each day she said she was getting stronger and stronger. Yet before we said goodbye she told me how much she missed her friend. She missed Blue.

On December 10th I received a comment from Kim about one of my blog posts pertaining to Bed Bugs (the four legged kind):

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When I saw that last sentence “And yes, you read that right, puppies” I smiled all day long. Kim was ready to open her heart AND her home to some more puppy love.

We talked the day before she was scheduled to meet her two new fur babies. I begged her to please send me pics once they were headed back home, and she did…

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In the car making their way to their new furever home

She now is the proud pet parent of two sets of litter mates and this latest dose of double-love has already surrounded and secured that space in her heart where Blue resides. She’s learned to love again, and I am so happy for my friend.

For those of us who live in similar “pet-attached” worlds, the meaning of the word “love” to us is simple. It’s about the enormous amount of love that gets drawn out of you when that tail “starts to wagging” and the unconditional and constant flow of love you allow to be poured back in.

Meet Zoey & Scout…

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Thanks for reading about our furrends….

 

13 Comments
  • Claudette Pope
    December 20, 2013

    Beautiful story Cathy, it really warmed my heart. Hi Zoey, hi Scout, welcome home. 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 21, 2013

      Thanks Claudette – Kim is a special friend and I am so happy for her and those pups have hit the jackpot with her and J as pet parents.
      Happy Howlidays

  • Lee
    December 20, 2013

    Congratulations on your selections for the AAA magazine.

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 21, 2013

      Thanks Baby, you’re the best DH in the entire world

  • slimdoggy
    December 20, 2013

    Great post – we too follow and love Kimberly and her pack, so it’s nice to meet you! Anxious to learn about Harley & Leo – they are so handsome!

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 21, 2013

      Hi Slimdoggy – we met briefly in a crowded room at the 2013 BP Conference. You were surrounded by people but we did get a quick intro. Happy to hear you enjoyed the post. Kim is special to us, and I was honored to write about her and her new babies. Thanks for checking in on my Boys, we follow you guys too. Take care, happy holidays and let’s stay in touch.

  • Andrea aka citypupmom
    December 21, 2013

    You guys ROCK inspirationally! BOL Kim, thank for writing about Cathy and her handsome boys and introducing another blogger to me.

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 22, 2013

      Thanks Andrea! Nice to meet you. Hope your howlidays bring you happiness and great joy.

  • Ann Staub
    December 21, 2013

    This is so sweet 🙂 Stopping by from Kimberly’s blog after reading her post about you and your blog. Your doodles are precious, as are Kimberly’s new puppies! Amazing that she how has 2 of them!

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 23, 2013

      Hello Ann – so nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by, please feel free to hang out with Harley and Leo anytime. Yes Kim is very special and I really am so very proud of her. I know those pups are going to have more love than they could have ever imagined. Take care and happy pawlidays.

  • emma
    December 22, 2013

    Great post and we love Kimberly too. Mom has followed her for quite a while and was excited to meet her at BlogPaws and take her class too! As a matter of fact, now seeing these photos, Mom does remember seeing you at BlogPaws, but did not meet you. Maybe in 2014? Also, we don’t know much about “Doodles” except that we see Golden ones all over the place and they are always hyper. We recently saw our first black one, did not know they came in black and now we are finding out that they come in white too. Quite interesting, but it makes sense!

    • Cathy Bennett
      December 23, 2013

      What’s Up Emma – So nice to meet you. Yes doodles come in white too! Both of us had copper red poodle pops so we really don’t know where the white comes from, but we’re okay with it. Our mom reads your stories regularly, so we’re excited to know that you’ll be keeping up with us too! We can’t come to BP 2014 – too far for us, but Mom’s coming. Take care and HAppy Pawlidays.

  • Cathy Bennett
    December 22, 2013

    Much love back atcha my girl, you ARE very special…

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