Today we had to help our dog, Aggie (named for the fightin' Texas A & M Aggies), cross the Rainbow Bridge. We had her for approx. 16 years.
She came to us from our neighbor's yard. They moved and left her behind. She was alone for 2-3 days....she was hungry so she decided to chew her way through the fence that divided our yards...and she had not look back since. I remember how once, during a few fierce rain storms Texas is famous for in the spring, I could hear her whining as she withstood the fury of Mother Nature. From the time she was a pup (around 6-8 weeks old) her owner neglected her.....the final straw being the move that left her behind.
Man of House took her in (this was before we were married), but since I spent so much time with him it was as if she were mine too.
And did this dog have issues! She was afraid of being alone, she was constantly leaning....and I do mean LEANING....on us to get love. Her favorite trick was to wait till we got comfortable (either in bed or in a chair) and then whine to be let out....She loved to eat anything she could get a hold of....
Yet in spite of all these irritating quirks, we loved her dearly. Could I have been more patient with her? Yes. She really did not mean to cause problems. So from this life, which seemed to come into our lives from someone else's neglect, we all have learned a lesson....one that involves extending patience especially when it seems as if your last never is trodden upon. We have labeled this "Aggie's Rule"...and we vow to remind each other of this whenever we feel our tempers getting the better of us....when we feel we are at the end of our rope, or when we feel tempted to lash out.
And so....surrounded by her hu-man family (as the Ferengi say), she was given the necessary medicines to help her cross the Rainbow Bridge. Run free dear Aggie. You have taught us well and we will miss you.