always there

My next-door neighbor was this really sweet little old lady named Rene. I didn’t know her very long, but in another way felt like I’d known her much longer. She lived alone, had beautiful flowers in her yard and would go walking with friends at the mall. She didn’t have any dogs, but she enjoyed all the dogs in the neighborhood, including mine.

I said something once about how some of dogs in the neighborhood bark a lot. She said very matter of factly, “Yes. That’s what they do.” No judgment. No complaint. That’s just what they do.

A couple years ago, she passed away from lung cancer. For six months after she passed away, Piper would sit by the fence Rene and I shared – looking and waiting for her. Every day.

It’s only one example of Piper’s unwavering loyalty. Always there. Just like all of our best friends, whether we can see them or not.

Always there.



9 thoughts on “always there

  1. This reminds me of the days after Buffett was gone……Gracie would totally STARE at the door and me, as if to say……”WHERE is my bud and WHEN is he coming back?????”

    Great blog!!!!! Please share with Monika….. She has requested it!!!!

    Thanks for sharing!!!!! LOVE them!


  2. Thank you for reminding us how important it is to be there when most needed. Animals sure do know how to do it best – check out Penelope Smith’s books ( one of which is WHEN ANIMALS SPEAK) – because they know how to accept life for what it is. This is true, I would say, of every species except human kind. I don’t say this as a criticism, just as a fact of life and why I say it is because, although not all animals or other species know how to accept life for what it is (but most do) most humans just get too tied up with what they want and what they get and can’t seem to resolve the difference between the two. Too many things we as a species try to understand and can’t but neither can we accept what is just because it is. Always there has to be a greater reason or some logical reason or some visible explanation and so on and so on. God help us all for surely HE knows we so desperately need it!!!

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