She ran all around my feet and jumped as if she were trying to reach for the stars. When I picked her up she kissed my face and in that moment she stole my heart… that was our first meeting over thirteen years ago. Our bond grew stronger with each passing year and we grew to understand each other. She could sense when I was feeling sad and would sit next to me or jump on my lap. Just being with Sammie lifted my spirits and I think she knew that. She travelled with us everywhere from the park to the lake and to Ireland when we moved there for a year. She has played on American soil and felt the green grass of Ireland beneath her paws.
As Sammie grew older her hearing started to go and she lost sight in one of her eyes. She slowly started to get other ailments and could not enjoy walking around the block as her legs got tired from arthritis. Last week we had to say goodbye to Sammie and I held her paw as she passed peacefully in my arms. Yesterday, I picked up her ashes and read the beautiful poem which accompanied her called “The Rainbow Bridge.” Although it made me cry it also comforted me knowing that she is in a peaceful happy place now where she is in no more pain.
I am grateful for all the years Sammie was with our family and for the love she brought into our lives. I believe that everyone who comes into our life does so for a reason and to teach us something along the way. Sammie gave us the gift of unconditional love and filled our hearts with joy. She showed us true friendship and loyalty. We will miss Sammie but we will never forget her!
“Thank you Sammie for being the beautiful soul that you are… until we meet again on the Rainbow Bridge my friend!”