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  1. hi Brenda, Abi Rose will always be watching over you and Charlie. 3 months can seem like a fog when you are grieving. it’s been a strange year for me b/c of a big loss last year in August. Our hearts are with you. <3

  2. Brenda, it’s been since the middle of this last Feb. since I had my Tavi-boy euthanized and I still haven’t been able to look at the photos I took of him that day right before he died. And the last two books I was reading came to a part where the dog in the story was sick and dying and I just shut the books and couldn’t finish reading them. The loss is still just so close to the surface for me. So, I’m not surprised that you cry when you see sweet Abi’s picture. I know I will, too, when I get enough courage to look at the photos of Tavi.

    I’ve been enjoying keeping a dog belonging to my daughter’s friend while she and her family were on vacation last week and now I have my older daughter’s boxer while she and her family are away for the weekend. I enjoyed having a dog around again as, in general, I like dogs, so it’s been fine. But no substitute for my dear Tavi. It’s kind of like just getting my “doggie-fix” but nothing permanent. And that’s okay for now.

    That is a weird phenomenon you described with the dragonflies. I’ve never witnessed them doing that. Maybe it does have something to do with the hot, dry weather. And I haven’t seen the squirrels around here since I took down my bird feeders to replace them so I don’t know if they are eating weird things or not. I suspect not since, although we’ve had really hot weather, we have had some rain, too. And Michigan is so humid anyway, that even when we don’t have rain we probably don’t get as dry as where you are. It’s the Great Lake affect.

    Pats for Charlie and hugs to you, Brenda. Have a pleasant weekend.

    1. I couldn’t finish a book with that in it either. I could not read, even in a novel, about a dog dying. It would do me in. Last night I was reading a novel and a paralegal protagonist in the book mentioned a lawsuit over a botched cataract surgery. Now I have never even read anything about a botched cataract surgery before. But of course I read that when Wednesday I go to have my first eye cataract surgery done.

  3. Brenda a few years ago I caught cicadas ‘having it on’ but never dragonflies ( probably depends on the area )

    I miss seeing Abi here / so sorry / going through the same thing with my cat ๐Ÿ™ We just have to work through it and get used to it ๐Ÿ™ But that’s just taking ages ๐Ÿ™

    1. I’m sorry about your cat. It is so hard. Harder than you can even put words to.

  4. A sweet photo of Abi! Thanks for the book suggestion; I just bought in for my Kindle.
    You and Charlie have a lovely weekend!

    Carol and Molly
    xoxo

    1. You too, Carol and Molly. Try to stay out of the heat and read. I think that’s what I’ll be doing.

  5. We haven’t had lots of birds this year either…but the ants, gnats, and mosquitos were bad, and we had so many fireflies. So I’ve seen lots of bats feeding at night!
    That is the sweetest photo of Abi…

  6. I’m not a believer in time heals all wounds but it seems to help the hole in our hearts.
    I swore I would never have another pet after I put our lab down in 2010,coming home to that empty house was literally incapacitating to me.
    I had about a 30 mile trip to the hospital my hubby was at in end stage cancer,wasn’t eating much or sleeping at all,I wound up at a stoplight about halfway there without any recollection of how I got there, it is a terrifying feeling.

    1. It happens under stress or when triggers signals a memory of a trauma and/or a time of great stress. Your brain removes you to protect you. After that one episode, it is one reason I don’t drive far alone. A doctor once explained it to me this way after that happened: “Your brain does this to protect you when you’re young and it knows you can’t handle certain things. It can’t “unlearn” this. So it continues to protect you.”

  7. LOVE THE PHOTOS !
    I REMEMBERED (believe it or not I think of ABI everyday ) WHAT TODAY WAS AS I GAVE CRICKET HER BREAKFAST. PERHAPS IT’S BECAUSE CRICKET HAS HER HEALTH ISSUES, BUT I PREFER TO THINK IT’S BECAUSE YOU ARE MY FRIEND, AND I CARE ABOUT YOU, YOUR ABI EVEN NOW, AND PRECIOUS CHARLIE ARE NEVER FAR FROM MY THOUGHTS.
    TAKE CARE, SNUGGLES TO CHARLIE

    1. Wow, I didn’t know you recalled along with me. Thank you for being a great friend!

  8. Pope Francis says we will reunite with our pets in heaven. I believe him. If I get there before you do, I will tell Abi Rose what you said about her here.

  9. We have had an over-abundance of Dragonflies this summer and our squirrels have been eating up all of the green pine cones this past week. The weather has been so hot and dry up until this past week, I can only guess that their normal food source had dried up. I can’t recall a time when I have lost any amount of time but, I have had some really weird Deja Vu instances in the past. Sounds like a good book; I hope it isn’t too unsettling for you.

    1. I don’t think dissociation is at all common. No, the book won’t be unsettling to me. I’ll find it interesting to make comparisons to my own experiences. I can already tell I’m very much like the man with Asperger’s.

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