After 13 beautiful years of love and laughter, we had to suddenly say goodbye to The Best Beagle today. There was time for one final walk in the sun and lots of sniffing along the way. She never suffered.
As Billy carefully placed Graham in the hole he had dug in the backyard for her, Randi laid down on the pile of earth and placed her head at the edge of the grave. Surrey attempted to pull the blanket in which we had wrapped Graham’s body out of the hole. We all grieve in our own ways.
My heart is broken but I am resolved to commit myself to remembering Graham with joy, which is what I believe she would want.
“Whenever you visit my grave, say to yourselves with regret but also with happiness in your hearts at the remembrance of my long happy life with you: ‘Here lies one who loved us and whom we loved.’ No matter how deep my sleep I shall hear you, and not all the power of death can keep my spirit from wagging a grateful tail.” – Eugene O’Neill