For several years, we lived with our lovely, joyous dog, Elton.
He was a Bichon, which means he was small and white and fluffy; a fancy dog living in a rustic environment, and he needed constant protection from the eagles and coyote that live out here in the woods.
Elton saw us through many life events, from my youngest daughter’s scoliosis surgery, to the passing of my husband’s mother, to many other trying times in our lives: we were much comforted by the generous spirit of this loving little dog.
And then one day, he started walking funny, and the next day he couldn’t walk, and we discovered Elton had spinal degeneration, a problem so far advanced, surgery wasn’t an option.
For a month he got better, and then he got worse. He lost the ability to walk, his pain started to increase, and we knew the end needed to come.
And so it was that at 2:00 a.m., on a black stormy night in October, Elton’s pain crescendo’ed to a point where it was no longer bearable.
The trees waved in the wind, thunder rolled and lightening flashed practically on top of us as I drove across town to the emergency vet. as if the Universe was showing me my pain.
The vet was kind, and things went quickly. Elton was wrapped in a warm towel, and I held him close, my mind in sync with his.
Thank you, my friend, I said. Thank you.
And then, at the moment of his passing, something happened.
His soul leapt out at me.
I don’t know how to explain it better.
His eyes were locked on me, and in the moment of his transition a light leapt out of him, and it was pure love.
I don’t have more words for this, I can’t explain it better.
It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.
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