Losing a pet is hard. Loving one is easy.
Valentine lived with us for nearly 16 years, and we like to think she enjoyed it. Losing her was hard, it still is, and always will be, but even now there is love and there are lessons to be learned.
“Maybe she’s afraid of dogs,” answered my son as he watched both of ours lick the tiny, sweet hands of two small children whose mother was now fast fading into the careless shadows of tall oak trees.
Life, parenting, pets . . . every moment builds to something bigger.