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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Dear Mr. Pud: A Letter from Mama on Your Birthday

Dear Baby Pud,

Today is your birthday little man! I hope you’re enjoying it on the Other Side with lots of fun and squeakies.

It hasn’t been easy for me which I’m sure you know. I had to spend my own birthday without you and that was extremely difficult.

No traditional kisses from you or sharing a bit of ice cream. Or opening gifts with your "signature" on them.

I got through it alright thanks to Hayley but now I have to face Thanksgiving and Christmas without you. No “Kiss the Turkey” or “Look at the Tree” anymore and I’m going to miss your sneaky little face under the table asking for turkey.

There’s a lot of things I’m going to have to get used to doing without you and that’s hard. You were such a big part of my life that I see you everywhere and the memories start playing through my mind, bringing my days to a stop.

I found an old video of you the other day. It was from back when we first escaped Casa de Frankenstein. Remember how chaotic that was? Well I found the video of you taking out toys from a plastic bag I had set aside to get rid of because you NEVER played with those toys. But in true Pud form you decided that on that night you were going to play with those toys so that I wouldn't throw them out. Then you decided to show me love by knocking me down and giving me silly Pud kisses, then smashing me under your big body. You were so silly!

I try to hold on to those silly memories and let go of the ones that came this August.

But that’s not why I’m writing a letter to you my little dragon. I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you did for me over 10 short years and for all that you taught me. I know I thanked you on our last day together but it bears repeating because it was you who did for me what no one else could at a time I felt the most alone. You needed me and I loved you so much I didn’t want to leave you alone with no one to take care of you. I want to thank you for having my back when no one else did. Only a pet parent can understand how important a furbaby is in tough times and in my grief I’ve realized I have some amazing online friends and fellow pet parents who shared in my sorrow then and even now. Sometimes people surprise you in a good way.

I also wanted to thank you for picking Hayley out because I know you did. She has personality traits from EVERYONE! She’s a loyal pittie like you, she LOVES food like Nicky, she LOVES everyone like Cooper, she has bedroom eyes like Tati, and she’s opinionated like Misty, but most of all she’s so lovable like all of you were. She’s amazing Pud but she’s also a challenge which is what we need right now. She’s a bit of a heathen like you were when we first found you and brought you into the house. She destroyed my earphones! She’s also gotten into the toilet paper and had a party. It looked like it snowed in the house. She also found a roll of kitchen towels in the back of the car and had a party there too. She’s something like else though. Thank you for her Mr. Pud and thank you for not letting Misty be the one to pick our next dog. Somehow I think she’s still mad at us for bringing home Nicky and Tati.

Happy Birthday my dragon. I miss you more than words can say.


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