Many thanks to all of you for your kind and caring thoughts on the loss of Maguire, and for your concern for Tanner!
On Saturday night I left a candle burning in the fireplace for Maguire. I have to admit that with the downpour of rain we were having, it was comforting to see its glow when I woke up during the night. This morning the mood in the house matched the gloomy weather. Our morning walk in the rain without Tanner was quiet and subdued. For a change there were few birds that could be heard singing. Added to that was my feeling of guilt over a lack of preparedness for a Sunday School lesson I was to teach to a class of ten-13 year olds. Of course I went and have to admit that I felt good about the participation and how the lesson went.
As our day progressed, the mood in the house became lighter and even playful at times. I had a nap with the dogs, a late afternoon walk and we played a game of Frisbee in the rain. Tanner's condition is improved. He's able to focus and stand little better than yesterday and doesn't need as much help drinking and eating.
As I do with all our dogs that have passed, I hope for a sign letting me know that they are "okay." I wonder if its come because there's an undeniable feeling of peace and comfort all around us, just like the quiet glow of a candle.