(Please join with me in mourning the loss of Crystal, my friend Sharon's beautiful sheltie who passed away last night at the age of sixteen. You have met her before on this blog, at our infamous "herding dog pawties". )Crystal
Crystal was quite possibly the most beautiful dog I have ever met - not only did she have the most amazing soft, thick, wonderful coat but also that princessly personality to which well-loved shelties are predisposed.
And well loved she was. Sharon's constant companion, best friend, confidante, her reason to get up in the morning and her reason to hurry home at night. Recently, Sharon took time off from paid employment to be with her Crystal full time, to ensure that whatever Crystal needed in the way of care and love, Sharon was there to provide it. And I am so glad she did.
When Sharon phoned me this morning to break the news, I cried with her and wished for words to comfort her. But comfort will be a long time coming for a loss so great, and Sharon must bear her grief one day, one hour, one moment at a time.
Sharon, I know that Crystal's spirit is near you. I hope that your memories of your life together will help comfort you. And I pray that the pain you feel today will lessen over time, though your love for her is unending.
Crystal and Sharon, August 2010
Never was a dog loved so deeply,
Never did a heart hurt so much.
Run free, Crystal. Belle and Oliver are there to guide you.
Hugs, Sharon, you are in my thoughts today.