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This Saturday was a rough day for our family as our dear dog Samantha went over the Rainbow Bridge.
Samantha was almost 16 years old, so she lived a good, long life, but that doesn’t make it all that much easier to say goodbye. As much as I love having dogs, it is such a cruel thing how short their lives are compared to our own.
Samantha was Matthew’s dog for 10 years, so she was in his life long before me. When Matthew and I started dating, he had Samantha and I had Tobey, so we very early on had a “pup date” to see how the two dogs would work together. And just like us, they hit it off right away! One of the first things I loved about Matthew was how much he cared for Samantha.
Samantha soon became “my dog” too and I will miss her always coming to greet me when I got home from work or following me around the kitchen as I would make our lunches in the mornings. But, more so than for me, I know Matthew has lost such a wonderful friend and companion.
While we are so sad to have lost Samantha and wish she could have made it to meet the newest member of our family, we know she’s in a better place, where she can feel like a young pup again.
I think this quote best sums up Samantha:
I’ve always felt almost human. I’ve always known that there’s something about me that’s different than other dogs. Sure, I’m stuffed into a dog’s body, but that’s just the shell. It’s what’s inside that’s important. The soul. And my soul is very human. – Garth Stein, “The Art of Racing in the Rain”
We will miss you so much, Samantha!