stanley portrait 22006 – 2014

“Because of the dog’s joyfulness, our own is increased. It is no small gift. It is not the least reason why we should honor as well as love the dog of our own life, and the dog down the street, and all the dogs not yet born. What would the world be like without music or rivers or the green and tender grass? What would this world be like without dogs?”
Mary Oliver, Dog Songs

12 thoughts on “stanley

  1. Oh, dear Sharon, was Stanley your dog? Such a sweet face. If I am interpreting this post correctly, I am so sorry for your loss and the pain you must be feeling. A member of the family, a dear friend and companion, what gifts a dog brings to our life. May he romp eternally in the fields of heaven.

  2. Hi Eliza 🙂

    Thank you so much. I appreciate those lovely thoughts.

    Yes, Stanley was our Jack Russell – a stray my husband found trotting down the middle of the highway one Sunday evening. We think he escaped from the county dog drop.

    He got ill around Christmas and never quite recovered, finally succumbing to kidney damage that we think was a direct result of the unexplainable illness. After two months of tests, reading and research, the best we could assess is that his yearly booster vaccination caused some sort of autoimmune reaction which, in turn, might have triggered an already-existing genetic weakness. But we could be wrong. The vets were stumped.

    He was feisty, stubborn, loyal, alert, loving and sweet. He filled our house with joy and made us laugh every single day.

    We expected to have him longer than seven years, but those years were a gift for which we will always be grateful.

    Thank you for your beautiful sentiments.

    🙂 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Cathy. 🙂 He was a handsome fellow alright. 🙂 🙂 He gave more than he asked for, and that’s a lesson we could all take to heart.

  3. Sharon, what a wonderful picture of Stanley. I know he was the light of your life. You truly gave him a better life than he came from and I know he’s looking down from dog heaven just as he’s looking at you from this picture with love in his eyes. May you never forget that.

    • Hi Mackenzie, thank you, yes, Mary Oliver is one of my favorites.

      I can’t imagine a world without dogs – they ask for so little but give us so much.

      Thank you. 🙂

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