Yesterday was the end of an era in my life. Sixteen years spent with my best furry friend Sweet Pea running, jumping, hiking and throwing orange rubber footballs for her to race after and bring back to me until I was too tired to raise my arm for another throw. She was tireless. On my long training runs I would always worry I had taken her too far but upon returning when I collapsed into my chair in exhaustion, I could hear her racing around the yard making sure there were no birds in our airspace or squirrels in our trees. With her, there was never a wrong time for a hike, no such thing as bad weather and nothing too important going on to interfere with the important things in life.
Sweet Pea’s sixteen year old body finally succumbed to time and age but her spirit never did. She loved life to it’s fullest to the very end.
Today is a new beginning for me. I will have to find a way to face each day without my ever present shadow. Even after a whole day without her I find myself looking down to make sure I don’t step on her. I’m not ready to hike alone today, perhaps tomorrow.
I have been toying with the idea of starting a blog on WordPress so on this day, the first day of a new era in my life, it seemed appropriate to start with this post. A tribute to my dear friend Sweet Pea. I love you Sweet Pea and I am looking forward to someday when together we will explore new trails in Paradise.