Many years ago someone told me that she never wanted pets because, and I quote her verbatim: "They just die on you."
I thought how sad that statement was.
Sure, not everyone wants the responsibility of a pet; but they are a huge part of my life and to say that to someone who has had dogs, cats, birds, bunnies, fish and more... well, was not the most tactful statement.
Yesterday her words rang in my ears as I said a tearful final goodbye to our Casey. Yet after 16 years, I am so grateful she had come into my life.
If she hadn't, I would have Missed Out on her love.
Missed Out on her antics that brought a smile to my face.
Missed Out on the warmth of her sleeping on my lap.
Missed Out having her always just a few steps behind me wherever I trod.
Missed Out on her company, laying as close as she could to my chair while I crafted or watched TV.
Of course it's heartbreaking to lose her.
But I wouldn't have Missed Out on it all for anything in the world.
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